PLAYER PIANO. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. Octavo, boards. First edition. First printing with "A" and Scribner seal on copyright page. 7600 copies printed. The author's first book. "The United States has won the third world war. Production being totally automatic, almost the whole population is on a generous dole. Only the intelligent minority works." - Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 159. "Incisive satire; a classic modern dystopia." - Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-392. Runner-up for the 1953 International Fantasy Award. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1202. Berger, Science Fiction and the New Dark Age, pp. 17-9. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 244. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1697-1701. Pieratt, Huffman-klinkowitz, and Klinkowitz AA1. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with some mild tanning to the spine panel and edges, much less than usually encountered. A very nice copy. (#151238).
First printing has "A" and Scribner seal on copyright page.