Item #23121501 Sun and Shadow. Ray Bradbury.
Sun and Shadow
Sun and Shadow
Sun and Shadow

Sun and Shadow

Berkeley: [Kenneth J. Carpenter, The Quenian Press], 1957. Limited Edition. Wraps. One of 90 copies (unnumbered), first state, sixmo size, 21 pp., printed for the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco. Near fine. Item #23121501

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) wrote in many different genres including the New Wave science fiction of the mid-twentieth century, which saw a burgeoning in the genre of science fiction, with authors such as J. G. Ballard, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Michael Moorcock creating works in an experimental style and emphasising social commentary and literary merit. Bradbury's debut book was a collection of short stories, called "Dark Carnival" (1947). He would go on to write such seminal works as "Martian Chronicles" (1949) and "Fahrenheit 451" (1953), and was a versitile author, writing not only SciFi and Dystopian Literature, but also memoirs and novels. He was the winner of many awards, including the National Medal of Arts in 2004 and a Pulitzer Prize Citation in 2007.

This story, "Sun and Shadow", was originally published in Bradbury's "Golden Apples of the Sun" (Doubleday, 1953). This the first separate publication, by The Queninan Press, a small private press in Berkeley, California, the imprint of Kenneth J, Carpenter, a member of The Roxburghe Club of San Francisco from 1957 to 1966. In the colophon Carpenter states: "Printed (a page at a time) for members of the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco and other friends. Printed largely because I can't keep on giving away Bradbury's 'Golden Apples of the Sun'...in which the story appeared. On the other hand, I cannot refrain from insisting that my friends have a copy of what I consider one of the happiest short stories of our time..."

A lovely small book and somewhat scare in the online marketplace; as of this writing we see only a single other copy online.

___DESCRIPTION: String-bound in grey heavy paper wraps with yapped edges, small figure on the front in dark grey with the title in red above, title page with the same figure in black and the title also in red, the story's initial capital in red, press device at the colophon; sixteenmo size (6 1/8" by 4 5/8"), pagination: [i-ii] [1] 2-19 [20, copyright page] [21, colophon].

___CONDITION: Near fine, the wraps clean (other than a few very light, stray marks), the string binding strong, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the wraps with light wear and sunning along the perimeter (due to the yapped edges), else fine.

___CITATION: Nolan, p. 134 which provides the limitation; this copy the first state (per the web site of the Internet Speculative Fiction Database) with the text ending on page 19, the copyright notice on p. [20], and the colophon on p. [21] (n.b., they credit [Lloyd] Currey for this information).

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Price: $600.00

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