THE ILLUSTRATED MAN. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1951. Octavo, cloth. First edition. A presentation copy with contemporary inscription by Bradbury on the front free endpaper: "For / Martha -- / With my finest / wishes and thanks / for the happiness / you brought into my / life and career in / 1946 and 1948 -- and / with happy memories of / the lecture to your / class in 1950 -- A / high spot in my life -- / -- with affection, / Always -- / Ray Bradbury / Mar. 1951." "Martha" is probably Martha Foley (1897-1977) cofounder of STORY magazine in 1931 with her husband Whit Burnett and editor for The Best American Short Stories series. Bradbury stories were included in the annual volumes for 1946 and 1948. A major collection of Bradury's short fiction, eighteen stories, plus prologue and epilogue, including "The Veldt," "Kaleidoscope," "The Long Rain," and "Zero Hour." Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-63. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 256. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 1008-13. Page edges tanned, else a fine copy in good dust jacket with wear at edges, faded spine panel, dust soiling to rear panel, and internal reinforcement with brown paper tape along spine and flap folds. (#148487).
First edition so stated on copyright page.