Bradbury, Ray (stories); Mugnaini, Joe (illustrations)

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Price: $7,500.00

Place Published: New York
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date Published: 1955
Edition: First Edition
Book Id: 3309


First Printing. Octavo (20.25cm); Currey's 'B' binding, first state, bound in dull red cloth with titling and inverted Ballantine logo stamped in black; dustjacket; [xii],306,[2]pp. With a contemporary presentation inscription to Forrest and Wendy Ackerman on the front endpaper: "For Forrie + Wendy / With happy wishes always from ol' friend R. Bradbury / Better known as "Hollerbochen" - Jan.1956." Upper corners gently tapped (though still sharp), with a small rubbed spot to upper edge of front board, else Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $3.50), gently spine-sunned and ligtly edgeworn, some some dustiness to extremities, and Ackerman's tiny "A" sticker at upper spine panel; Very Good+ or better.


Collection of short stories - 14 of them extensively revised from their original appearance in Dark Carinval (1947) - with the addition of five new stories never before appearing in book form. An association of the highest quality, inscribed to Bradbury's long-time friend, mentor, and literary agent Forrest Ackerman and his wife. It was Ackerman who introduced a teenage Bradbury to the Los Angeles Science Fiction society, published Bradbury's first story in his fanzine Imagination, and who would urge Bradbury to pursue his writing, lending him money to publish his own fanzine, Futuria Fantasia. An interesting inscription, in which Bradbury uses his early pseudonym "Hollerbochen", simultaneously recalling his first story Ackerman published - "Hollerbochen's Dilemma."

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