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    A Book About Book Burning in a Binding You Cannot Burn

    Ray Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine Books, [1953].

    First edition. Number 21 of 200 limited edition copies, signed by Bradbury and bound in "an asbestos material with exceptional resistance to pyrolysis." Octavo. 199 pages.

    Bound in the publisher's Johns-Manville Quinterra, an asbestos material. Lettering in red on spine and cover. No dust jacket, as issued. Housed in a custom red cloth slipcase decoratively lettered in black. Moderate shelf wear. Some rubbing and dust-soiling to the boards. Bottom corner and bottom hinge of front board professionally repaired. Textblock edges somewhat toned. Scattered minor foxing, mostly to the endpapers. Very good condition.

    The greatness of Fahrenheit 451 rests on Bradbury's ability to involve the reader in hero Guy Montag's slow struggle toward awareness as he moves from "fireman" (book-burner) to rebellious book-preserver and memorizer. Bradbury's assertion of the freedom to read, to speak and to think is memorably expressed in this still-relevant classic.


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