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    Robert A. Heinlein: Stranger in a Strange Land. (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1961), first edition, first printing ("C22" on page 408, top edge stained light green, and verso of half-title page lists 28 Heinlein books), 408 pages, green cloth with gilt lettering on spine, 8vo (5.5" x 8.5"), original $4.50 dust jacket with Starship Troopers advertisement on back panel (in protective Mylar). The controversy over Stranger in a Strange Land centers around Heinlein's experience with his publishers. Originally, this book was over 220,000 words in length; the publishers forced Heinlein to cut 60,000 words from this longer work, removing scenes that they considered too shocking for the time. This book was the result, and it won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1962. The uncut version was eventually published in 1991, and critics and readers still argue over which version is more successful. One thing is sure: this copy of Stranger in a Strange Land is among the finest around. A few small rubs of the dust jacket are the only noticeable flaws in this pristine copy of one of Heinlein's best. It comes housed in an attractive custom quarter leather slipcase with marbled boards. An essential item for any Heinlein collector. From the Ventura Collection.

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    April, 2007
    16th-17th Monday-Tuesday
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