Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1979. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 190 pp. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #CNJL956
The third novel by the seminal SciFi author John Crowley, this the first edition/first printing. Published four years after "The Deep" (1975) and three years after "Beasts" (1976), "Engine Summer" was nominated for the 1980 American Book Award in a one-year category Science Fiction; it appears in David Pringle's Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels (N.B., above info from Wiki). Set "in the world of the far future, [with] this continent's population reduced to a handful".
___DESCRIPTION: Volume bound in blue cloth, black lettering on the spine, octavo in size (approximately 8.25" tall), pagination: (i-viii), (1)-182. The dust jacket has a pictorial cover by Gary Friedman, summary of the book on the front flap continuing on the back flap, drawing by John Foote of the author on the back flap with short author bio below, excerpt from the book on the back panel.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, straight corners with a minimum of rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings; gentle bumps to the head and tail of the spine and some dustiness (light spotting) to the top edge of the text block, else fine. The dust jacket is very good with the colours on the pictorial front and spine being deep and true (no sunning); it has been price-clipped and there is some modest edgewear, especially at the head and tail of the spine.
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