Item #6934 THE CULTURE SERIES: CONSIDER PHLEBAS, THE PLAYER OF GAMES, USE OF WEAPONS, THE STATE OF THE ART, EXCESSION, INVERSIONS, LOOK TO WINDWARD, MATTER, SURFACE DETAIL, THE HYDROGEN SONATA. Iain M. Banks.
THE CULTURE SERIES: CONSIDER PHLEBAS, THE PLAYER OF GAMES, USE OF WEAPONS, THE STATE OF THE ART, EXCESSION, INVERSIONS, LOOK TO WINDWARD, MATTER, SURFACE DETAIL, THE HYDROGEN SONATA

THE CULTURE SERIES: CONSIDER PHLEBAS, THE PLAYER OF GAMES, USE OF WEAPONS, THE STATE OF THE ART, EXCESSION, INVERSIONS, LOOK TO WINDWARD, MATTER, SURFACE DETAIL, THE HYDROGEN SONATA

London: Macmillan London Limited / Orbit, 1987-2012. First Editions. Complete set of the Scottish author's sprawling ten-volume Culture series. "The books focus on the titular Culture, a utopian, post-scarcity space society that is humanoid in nature but did not originate on Earth. The stories revolve around how the Culture wields their enormous political and technological power to shape the evolution of societies across the universe. The Culture society is made up of humanoids, aliens, and very advanced artificial intelligence living in 'man-made' habitats spread across the galaxy. The main theme of the novels is the dilemmas that an idealistic hyperpower faces in dealing with civilizations that do not share its ideals, and whose behavior the Culture feels it is in the greater interest of the universe to change" ("The Culture: An Introduction." Blog post: The Quill to Live, May 17, 2021). A challenging set to complete, seldom offered in commerce. Barron, Anatomy of Wonder II-72, 73, 75. Item #6934

First Impressions. Ten octavo volumes (22.5-24.5cm); yellow, navy blue, and black paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in black, bronze, gilt, silver, and white on spines; dustjackets; [viii],[2],3-471,[1]; [viii],[2],3-309,[3]; [xii],[2],3-371,[5],3; [x],182; [viii],[3],4-451,[5]; [vi],[7],8-336,[10]; [x],357,[1]; [xii],593,[3]; [viii],627,[5]; [viii],517,[3]pp. Surface Detail and Excession are Very Good+; remaining volumes are Near Fine or better – a few with some of the usual tanning to text edges, Use of Weapons and Inversions with some faint foxing to upper text edges; The Player of Games is a review copy, with the publisher's typed slip laid in. Each volume in the correct, unclipped dustjacket, and all Near Fine or better but for three volumes (Use of Weapons with some minor wrinkling at lower inch of spine panel, Excession with a faint, shallow dampstain to base of spine [noticeable only on verso], and Surface Detail with some moderate shelfwear overall – Very Good+).

Price: $3,750.00

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