THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1950. Octavo, cloth. First edition. A collection of linked stories about the exploration and colonization of the planet Mars at the end of the twentieth century. "Poetic mood pieces, occasionally satirical and moralistic, but often haunting in their power ... An undeniable classic ..." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 228. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-154. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 255. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 3. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1348-52. Formerly Malcolm M. Ferguson's copy with his signature at the top edge of the front free endpaper. Mild bruise to lower spine end, spine panel tanned, cloth spotted (a cloth dye defect, not abuse), edges of text block just a bit tanned, a good copy in about good or somewhat better first printing dust jacket ($2.50 printed price on front flap) with wear and shallow loss at spine ends and corner tips, light rubbing along folds, and internal tape mends at spine ends with no show through on outer surface. (#159556).
First edition so stated on copyright page.