NY: Ballantine Books, (1953). First Edition, first hardbound trade issue. Laid in to this copy is Joseph Mugnaini’s original preliminary cover art for the novel, which Bradbury personally owned. The watercolor and sketch work features the same elongated human figure dressed in newspapers and surrounded by flames. Mugnaini collaborated with Bradbury to interpret and illustrate the covers and interiors of many of his works, including The October Country, A Medicine for Melancholy, and Twice 22. This, however, is his most famous piece, and this original artwork is entirely unique.
Fahrenheit 451 has long been regarded as a high point of the science fiction genre. Written in the peak of McCarthyism, it grapples with the consequences of censorship and the destruction of knowledge. The novel has been celebrated since its first publication. In 1954 it won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and in 2004 it was granted a 1954 Retro Hugo Award, one of only four Retro Hugos ever given. Bound in red cloth with yelow stamping (Currey binding D) with minimal edgewear. Both volume and dust jacket in very fine condition. Item #18461
(Barron 3-31; Pringle 8).