CONFESSIONS OF A CRAP ARTIST. New York: Entwhistle Books, 1975. Octavo, cloth. First edition. 1000 copies printed of which this is number 85 of 90 numbered copies signed by Dick. This variant has the “first edition” statement on the copyright page. In Dick's opinion, this novel was "easily the best of all his mainstream efforts." Written in 1959 in the midst of Dick's "exceedingly ambitious -- and totally unsuccessful -- attempt to break into the mainstream-novel market ... Graceful, wry, vulnerable, pessimistic and wise, they are novels less good only than the best of PKD's intense prime, which began immediately [with TIME OUT OF JOINT]." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 328. Spine ends just a bit creased (manufacturing not abuse), else a fine copy without dust jacket as issued. (#119117).