New York: Del Rey, a Del Rey Books / Ballantine Books, (1986). First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. First printing of the first US edition, no. 338 of 500 specially bound copies, octavo size, 271 pp., signed by Arthur C. Clarke, in slipcase. Fine. Item #21040501
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (1917-2008) was an incredibly talented man; by the time of his death he had earned a number of Hugo and Nebula awards for his science fiction, he received the Kalinga Prize in 1961 for popularising science, served twice as the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society, was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1989 and was knighted in 1998.
Perhaps best known to most Americans as the author of "2001 A Space Odyssey" and the "Rama" series, this work, published as a full-length novel in 1986 based upon a short story from 1958, was Arthur Clarke's favourite. The plot revolves around a "utopian human colony in the far future that is visited by travellers from a doomed Earth, as the Sun has gone nova....[it] explores apocalyptic, atheistic, and utopian ideas...." (n.b., per Wiki).
This one of the 500 specially bound and signed copies of the first printing of the US edition (there was also a UK edition), with Arthur Clark'es signature in blue ink on the limitation statement.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full navy blue cloth over boards, gilt lettering and publisher's logo stamped onto the spine, fore-edge rough-cut, tan laid paper endpapers, limitation statement with Clarke's signature bound in as a tipped-in sheet to the half-title, title page in blue and black, stated first edition on the copyright page with the full number line; octavo size (9.25" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-xiv] [1-2] 3-. Housed in a publisher's slipcase of sturdy cardboard covered with the same navy blue cloth.
___CONDITION: Fine; the binding clean and unworn, the corners straight and unrubbed, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. Slipcase also fine, unworn, strong and sturdy, the cloth clean. Overall an outstanding example.
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