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    First PKD Hardcover

    Philip K. Dick. A Handful of Darkness. London, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Bombay, Cape Town, New York, Toronto: Rich and Cowan, [1955]. First edition. Octavo. [224] pages. Publisher's deep blue paper-covered boards, spine lettered in silver, in original, first state (no listing of World of Chance on rear panel), first issue ("10s. 6d. / net" at base of front flap not overprinted with new price) dust jacket. Housed in custom clamshell case. Donald A. Wollheim's copy with his name rubber-stamped on the rear free endpaper. Small slight crease to cloth cover, minor wear to spine edges of jacket at top and bottom. A fine copy in very good dust jacket. A sharp copy of a book rarely found in superb condition.

    The author's second book, first collection of short fiction, and first hardcover book. "Phil's first hardcover, a selection of early stories [written 1952-1954] published by Rich & Cowan in London. At the time Phil considered his fantasy stories to be his best, but R & C held that fantasies were for children. Only two made it: 'The Cookie Lady,' a variation on the Hansel and Gretel theme, and the haunting 'Upon the Dull Earth,' Phil's take on the Orpheus legend, with lover seeking to rescue his Eurydice from life-thirsting angels." - Sutin, Divine Invasions, p. 292.


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