THE UNLIMITED DREAM COMPANY. London: Jonathan Cape, . Octavo, white wrappers printed in pink and black. Advance copy (uncorrected proof) of the first edition. Signed on the title page by Ballard. "Although he first established a reputation in science fiction and has since made a name for himself as a mainstream author, Ballard typically writes in a highly individual fantastic or phantasmagoric mode. Even in this novel, his closest approach to conventional fantasy, follows this pattern. Here a man steals a plane, crashes in the Themes, and dies, then is reborn in a very different Britain that resembles the allegorical pastoral paintings of Henri Rousseau. Whereas much of Ballard's work is dreamlike, ironically the imagery in THE UNLIMITED DREAM COMPANY is extremely concrete, offering a striking alternative to the modern urban world." - Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 7-21. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 3-60. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-16. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 68. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 2002-04. A Burgess 99 novel. Wrappers worn at spine ends and rubbed along spine folds, small crease near lower front fore-edge corner, several faint creases to rear cover, a very good copy. (#163961).