FAHRENHEIT 451. New York: Ballantine Books, . Octavo, white asbestos boards. First edition. One of 200 numbered copies signed by Bradbury and bound in Johns-Manville Quinterra, an asbestos material. This is copy number 77. A short novel expanded from the novella "The Fireman" published in 1951. "While the jet bombers boom overhead and another nuclear war threatens, Americans live a mindless life in a society where everyone is encouraged to lose himself in such distractions as four-wall television, hearing-aid radios, high-speed travel, and group sports. Life is reduced to the paste-pudding norm of a mass audience, for it serves the purpose of the government to keep people from thinking ... The gadget are, of course, marvelous and everywhere, while the greatest enemies of the status quo are books, which, when they are occasionally discovered, are burned by firemen who are, in this fireproof age, no longer needed to put out fires, but to set them ..." - Hillegas, The Future as Nightmare, pp. 158-9. "In a totalitarian state, books are burned and private thought or action is criminal." - Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 159. Filmed in 1966 by Francois Truffaut. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-153. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 8. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 749-55. Boards a bit rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, bump to upper front corner tips, mild dust soiling, a very good, internally fine copy without dust jacket as issued. A very presentable, better-than-average copy of this classic. (#161255).
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