Comet.New York, Random House, 1985 Stock Code: 136562
NotesFirst edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Sagan "For Steve, Brave man, wise owl, with our fond regard to you and Deborah. Carl and Ann", Druyan penned the "and Ann".
The recipient was American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science, Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), with his book label loosely inserted. In 1997, Gould dedicated his book Questioning the Millennium to Sagan, writing "In loving memory of my friend Carl Sagan, the most passionate rationalist of our times, the best advocate for science in our millenium". Sagan had passed the previous year of a cancer, an illness that would also claim his friend, Gould.
This work is a follow-up to the best selling Cosmos, published to coincide with the return of Halley's comet in 1986.
Copies signed by both Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, his co-author and wife, are uncommon; association copies are scarcer still.
Quarto. Original black cloth, titles to spine in gilt and copper, colour pictorial endpapers. With the pictorial dust jacket.
Spine ends a trifle rubbed; else a fine copy in the fine dust jacket.
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