R.U.R. (ROSSUM'S UNIVERSAL ROBOTS): A FANTASTIC MELODRAMA ... Translated by Paul Selver. Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-x [xi] xii 1-187 [188-190: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], four plates reproducing scenes from the 1922 Theatre Guild Production, title page printed in orange and black, original orange cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First edition in English. First printing with "First Edition" on the copyright page. R.U.R. was first published in Czech in Prague in 1920. "This play was first performed in 1921 in Prague and has since that time been translated and performed through the world. The word robot which Josef Capek coined for the play, based on the Czech word robota, 'forced labor,' has become a part of most modern languages." - Lewis, Utopian Literature, pp. 38-9. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-37; (1981) 2-13; (1987) 2-15; (1995) 2-16; and (2004) II-214. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 358. Negley, Utopian Literature 182. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1837-43. Bleiler (1978), p. 39. Early owner's signature dated April 1923 on the title page. A beautiful, nearly fine copy in a first printing pictorial dust jacket that was sectioned and trimmed and then reconstructed. Reprints of this book are fairly common, but first printing copies (marked "first edition" on copyright page) are scarce and the first printing jacket is rare. (#156815).
First edition so stated on copyright page.