A HOLE IN SPACE. New York: Ballantine Books, . Tall octavo, original yellow wrappers, sheets secured in wrappers by metal clasp at top, publisher's printed paper label affixed to front wrapper. Unpaged long galleys of the first edition. Brief signed inscription by Niven to one of his editors on the title label. Collects an article and nine stories forming part of the "Known Space" future history, about half of which are crime stories, one being the very good "The Alibi Machine." See Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 4-314. Wrappers dusty, last leaf separated, frayed and chipped at bottom fold, but no text is affected (it concludes above the tear), a very good copy. A rare proof. (#110944).