The Stars, Like Dust.New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1951 Stock Code: 138869
NotesFirst edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "To David Hartwell with best wishes Isaac Asimov". This is a wonderful association: the noted science fiction and fantasy editor David Hartwell (1941-2016) was "perhaps the single most influential book editor of the past forty years in the American science fiction publishing world"; among other roles he edited the critically acclaimed Cosmos magazine and founded The New York Review of Science Fiction (Encyclopedia of Science Fiction). The Stars, Like Dust is Asimov's second novel, and chronologically the first in his Galactic Empire Series. The story was first published under the title "Tyrann" in three parts from January to March 1951 in Galaxy magazine. Early works by Asimov such as this are notably uncommon inscribed.
Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, titles to spine in white. With the illustrated dust jacket designed by Whitney Bender.
Ownership inscription partially erased from head of front free endpaper. Ownership stamp of Roberta J. Olsen to endpapers, lower margin of p. 133, and top and bottom edges of book block. A couple of small marks to front cover, negligible rubbing to board edges contents clean, faint toning to endpapers and margins as often; a very good, bright, copy in the jacket with glue residue from early tape repair to spine ends, spine a little faded, slight rubbing and nicks to extremities.
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