TRANSFIGURATIONS. [New York]: Published by Berkley Publishing Corporation Distributed by G. P. Putnam's Sons, [1979]. Octavo, boards. First edition. A presentation copy with a warm signed inscription by Bishop on the title page to David G. Hartwell, Bishop's major book editor and the one responsible for purchasing this book for publication by Berkley/Putnam: "For the Hartwells, / Dave, you got me through the first / third of the new section, then took off / for another publishing house. / Fortunately, I was able to follow -- / just not, in this case, soon / enough / Mike / March 11, 1981." Also signed in full on the title page by Bishop. Novel expanded from the novella "Death and Designation Among the Asadi," a Nebula Award finalist. "About a daughter's quest to find her anthropologist father in the forbidding ritualistic culture of the natives of an alien planet. A highly literate narrative which makes good use of its imaginary anthropology." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition, p. 386. "One of the more impressive SF novels using perspectives and themes drawn from anthropology to aid depiction of an enigmatic alien culture." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-127. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. The most important copy of this book. (#158781).

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