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Ursula K. LeGuin
The Left Hand of Darkness The first printing of the first hardcover edition, in dust jacket and accompanied by an unattached bookplate signed by LeGuin
New York: Walker and Company, 1969. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is the first printing of the first hardcover edition of Ursula K. LeGuin’s Hugo and Nebula Award winning novel, retaining its original dust jacket and accompanied by an unattached bookplate signed by LeGuin. This copy would be in near-fine condition if not for tape stains – ironically from a previous, non-archival dust jacket protector – manifest on the edges of the covers and the endpapers. The grey cloth binding is otherwise clean and unfaded with only a modest forward lean and a trivial hint of shelf wear to extremities. The contents are likewise clean apart from the aforementioned tape stains and an additional yellow adhesive smudge on the final free endpaper verso between the tape stains. The contents show no spotting and no previous ownership marks. The blue-gray topstain retains strong, even color. The untrimmed fore edges show some age-toning, but no soiling. Laid in is a 4 x 3.25 inch (10.2 x 8.3 cm) unaffixed signed bookplate on fine paper with a decorative printed border signed “Ursula K LeGuin” by the author. The unclipped dust jacket is entirely complete, with no loss or tears and the original “$4.95” price intact on the upper front flap. We note only a barely discernible hint of toning to the jacket spine and quite faint, ghosted hints of tape stains echoing those on the covers. The dust jacket is newly fitted with a removable, clear, archival cover. The Left Hand of Darkness is a stand-alone part of LeGuin’s Hainish Cycle, set … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA [San Diego, CA, U.S.A.]
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