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    The Signed Limited Fahrenheit 451, Bound in Asbestos

    Ray Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. First edition, number 213 of 200 copies [i.e. 215 copies, see note below] signed by Bradbury and bound in "an asbestos material with exceptional resistance to pyrolysis." Octavo. 199 pages. Publisher's white asbestos boards. Lettering in red on spine and cover. Rebacked, preserving the original spine, some rubbing and thumbsoiling to binding. A bit skewed. Still, a good copy. Housed in slipcase.
    Heritage Auctions sold the Yaspan copy of Fahrenheit 451 as lot 56666 in auction 682 (February 2008), and Accompanying that copy was a Typed Letter Signed from Ray Bradbury to Mr. Yaspan, written on the author's personal stationery. In the letter, dated March 16, 1974, Mr. Bradbury writes, in part: "It may well be that there were a few extra copies of the Asbestos Edition made. I took the front pages along on the boat to France that autumn, to sign on the way. I seem to recall (and it was more than 20 years ago!) that I signed at least 210 or 215 separate pages...so those might have gone into 10 or 15 copies over and beyond those indicated on the asbestos frontispiece!" Mr. Bradbury's letter explains how the present copy is number 213 out of 200 copies!

    Barron, 4-99. Currey, p. 44.


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