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    Ray Bradbury. The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse - Original Typed Manuscript, Signed. [n.d., circa 1953].

    8.5 by 11-inch sheets. 17 pages.

    Bradbury, one of our greatest living authors, is not only a superb novelist but he is also a master short story writer. Here is a rare opportunity to obtain a complete, original, typewritten manuscript for one of his earlier stories. First published as The Watchful Poker Chip in the March, 1954 issue of Beyond Fantasy Fiction, then later collected into The October Country as The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse in 1956, and again, in 1966, included in The Vintage Bradbury. These sixteen pages are typed with handwritten notes and revisions that affect and alter the final published text. In pencil on the first page is written, "vouchered 8/17/53" and "$400-". Presumably this is when and how much Bradbury was paid for the story. Oh, how times have changed! Boldly signed by Bradbury on the first page. Sheets are in very good condition.

    A prolific writer even at 88 years old, few complete, signed manuscripts of Bradbury's work come up for sale. Here is an opportunity for a prime item written during the same period as his classic Fahrenheit 451. From the Frank Collection.


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    October, 2008
    16th-18th Thursday-Saturday
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