DescriptionRobert A. Heinlein. Starship Troopers. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, .
First edition. Octavo. 309 pages. Jacket illustration by Jerry Robinson.
Publisher's blue cloth with silver titles. In first issue pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. Boards lightly rubbed in spots. Corners slightly worn. Minimal brown stains on the top edge and fore-edge of the textblock. Internal contents bright and clean. Dust jacket noticeably worn along the edges with moderate paper loss and closed tears at each of the spine extremities and flap fold ends, one small closed tear at the top edge of the rear panel, one vertical crease on the spine, and some rubbing to the panels. Still, a bright copy in very good condition.
Accompanied by a first edition of Tomorrow, the Stars. A Science Fiction Anthology. Edited and with an Introduction by Robert A. Heinlein. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1952. Minor wear and one small closed tear on the dust jacket, else a very good copy. Although edited by Heinlein, Tomorrow, the Stars was actually compiled by Judith Merril and Frederik Pohl.
"...Heinlein interrupted work on what would become Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) to write Starship Troopers (1959), which argues the necessity and worth of service, especially military service. Its graphic battles with the alien Bugs led Scribner's to reject the book, and it was published by Putnam..." (Gunn: The New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction 221)
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