First Edition, InscribedRay Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine Books, Inc., . First edition. Signed and inscribed by Bradbury on front free endpaper: "Bill Morgan! / Ray Bradbury / Oct. 18, 1980." Octavo. [vi],  pp. Publisher's red cloth, front board and spine lettered in yellow, in a price-clipped dust jacket. A bit of chipping on edges of slightly soiled dust jacket, spine panel darkened with title faded. Some rubbing to extremities. Offsetting from author's signature onto front pastedown, and a bit of text bleeding on half-title. Signs of erasure on front free endpaper under author's inscription. Ink ownership stamps of "L. A. Ferguson" on upper corner of front free endpaper and title page. A nice copy of a contemporary classic.
More Information: Originally expanded from the novella "The Fireman" published in 1951, and later filmed in 1966 by Francois Truffaut. "In a totalitarian state, books are burned and private thought or action is criminal." - Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 159. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-153. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 8. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 749-55.
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