New York: Avon Books, 1979. First Paperback Edition. Butler's first book, and the first volume (though last, chronologically) in her Patternist series. Item #4795
First Printing. Octavo (17.75cm); pictorial card wrappers; red edge-staining; ,7-160pp. Inscribed by the author to Homer Lusk, a long-time professor at Grossmont College, who taught courses in mythology, science-fiction and fantasy: "To Homer Lusk / Best Wishes / Octavia E. Butler." Hint of a lean, light wear to extremities, subtle tanning to text edges, with previous owners and distributor's rubber-stamps on verso of front wrapper, and previous owners brief ink notation at upper margin of preliminary leaf; Very Good.