(Dick, Philip K.)

Time Out of Joint.

Philadelphia: Lippincott, (1959). First edition of the author’s first hardcover book. What at first glance appears to be a story about a man living in late 1950s America opens up to reveal that the protagonist is actually living in the late 1990s and performing crucial intelligence work in a war against lunar rebels. Here Dick established thematic devices—constructed reality, contradictory timelines, recovered memory, and the ethics of government—that he later employed in his most compelling science fiction. The title itself serves to evoke these themes; it refers to the line uttered by Hamlet to Horatio after being visited by his father’s ghost, a life-altering supernatural event that shifts Hamlet’s perceived reality. Edges of text block very lightly foxed and a few areas of wear at spine tips, else a fine, bright copy in cloth. In a fine dust wrapper with a hint of fading to spine, and some light foxing, and a short closed tear to front panel. Uncommon thus. Item #18526

(Pringle 5).

Price: $950.00

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