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    With an Early Bradbury Signature, Authenticated by the Author Himself

    Ray Bradbury. Dark Carnival. Sauk City: Arkham House, 1947.

    First edition. Signed by Ray Bradbury on the front free endpaper. Octavo. 313 pages. Only 3,112 copies were published in the first edition.

    Publisher's black cloth with gilt spine titles. In original pictorial dust jacket. Moderate shelf wear to the book and jacket. Lightly bumped corners. Text edges a bit dusty. Endpapers toned slightly. Spine lightly sunned. Mild paper loss at the corners and spine ends of the dust jacket. Some rubbing and dust-soiling to the dust jacket panels. All in all, a very good copy with an early Bradbury signature confirmed by Bradbury himself.

    Dark Carnival was Bradbury's first book, and launched one of the more legendary careers in science fiction and dark fantasy. This copy has an added bonus: a previous owner sent Bradbury a photocopy of the signed endpaper, asking if the signature is genuine. Bradbury writes on the photocopy in silver ink in his unmistakable hand, "AUTHENTIC! YES! R. B." He also writes on the return mailing envelope in the same silver ink, "[Previous owner's name]! THANKS! R. B."

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