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    One of Fifty Copies of October Country, Specially Bound for Ray Bradbury, and Inscribed by Him Twice and with an Original Drawing

    Ray Bradbury. The October Country. Illustrated by Joe Mugnaini. New York: Ballantine, [1955]. First edition. One of fifty copies specially bound for Bradbury to be given as gifts to friends. Inscribed by Bradbury Qon the front free endpaper in blue ink: "This is true -[pointing to another inscription by him, the only portion of the inscription in pencil] Not for/Sale/[in blue ink again, just beneath "This is true"] One of 50/copies!/[arrow pointing down]/John!/[arrow pointing down at an angle]/Bound by/Ballantine/in 1955/For my/Friends/and/now Ray Bradbury/- Dec 9/1983". The inscription is written around an original drawing of a smiling devil with exaggerated nose and chin. On the rear free endpaper is another inscription in pencil by Bradbury: "Not/for/Sale" and to the right of this, written in blue ink by Bradbury: "This too!/R.B." with an arrow pointing to the pencil inscription. Octavo. [xii], [307], [1, blank] pages. Publisher's binding of full red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, dust jacket. Jacket spine sunned, some edgewear (including a few minor chips to jacket), soiling to jacket and flaps, jacket soiled and foxed on verso, minor rubbing to binding. A very good copy, with an excellent inscription (or inscriptions).

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    This is only the second of these special copies to appear at auction in the last forty years; both were inscribed and dated decades after publication, indicating that Bradbury was very selective as to whom received them. Currey, page 57.





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