NY: G. P. Putnam, (1962). First edition. Dick’s intricately woven novel about parallel universes and the nature of reality received the 1962 Hugo Award. It is generally considered one of Dick’s best works, imagining a world in which the Axis Powers won the Second World War, but where a novel within the novel suggests a parallel universe in which they actually lost. Elements of the supernatural come into play, from spiritually potent jewelry to the heavy use of the “I Ching,” an ancient Chinese divination text, in decision-making. This confluence of the spiritual and the historical into alternate planes of existence characterizes much of Dick’s work. This novel has borne particular influence and acclaim, winning the 1963 Hugo Award for Best Novel and recently being adapted into a television series produced by Ridley Scott. Small number stamped on top and bottom of textblock, else fine in cloth, with very light edgewear, and a near fine dust wrapper, which has a small chip at spine foot, a couple short closed tears, and light wear to extremities. Item #18522
(Barron 3-65; Pringle 37).