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Title: The Martian Chronicles (Signed/Presentation copy)
Description: Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday & Company, 1951. Later printing. Bound in finely woven blue cloth stamped in red on the spine which is faded. The front and rear boards are faded, darkened along the edges; light flecking on the rear panel. This copy is inscribed & signed by Ray Bradbury: "For Oliver Evans with my sincere best wishes for a successful recovery and a good life--from Ray Bradbury (underscored) June 12, 1951(underscored)." Also inscribed beneath by Oliver: “For Marion, a born appreciator of things I would like to appreciate better than I do Oliver” In a supplied dust jacket from a later printing. with the price of $2.95 and .25" taller than the book. The Martian Chronicles is a 1950 science fiction short story collection byRay Bradbury that chronicles the colonization of Mars by humans fleeing from a troubled and eventually atomically devastated Earth, and the conflict between aboriginal Martians and the new colonists. The book lies somewhere in between a short story collection and an episodic novel, containing stories Bradbury originally published in the late 1940s in science fiction magazines. The stories were loosely woven together with a series of short, interstitial vignettes for publication. Bradbury has credited Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio and John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath as influences on the structure of the book. He has called it a "half-cousin to a novel" and "a book of stories pretending to be a novel". As such, it is similar in structure to Bradbury's short story collection, The Illustrated Man, which also uses a thin frame story to link various unrelated short stories. The Martian Chronicles follows a "future history" structure. The stories, complete in themselves, come together as episodes in a larger sequential narrative framework. The overall structure is in three parts, punctuated by two catastrophes: the near-extinction of the Martians and the parallel near-extinction of the human race. (Wikipedia) .

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Price: US$ 1200.00 Seller: Brainerd F. Phillipson, Rare Books
- Book number: B562

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