Fahrenheit 451 (Asbestos Binding)
New York: Ballantine Books, Inc., 1953. First edition. A lovely copy of the author’s masterpiece, in the rare asbestos binding. One of approximately 200 copies (although a letter from Bradbury suggests the number was closer to 215), this copy number 206. A Near Fine book with a small chip near the fore edge of the board (4 x 2mm), light bump to the front lower corner, small chip at the lower rear hinge (3 x 2mm) and minor soiling and rubbing to the binding, but less than most. Page block is tight and square, although it smells a bit smoky (perhaps appropriately?) A quick review of the auction records shows copies in comparable condition regularly selling in this range: $17,500 at Heritage 2014, $13,750 at Heritage 2012, $15,535 at Heritage 2007.