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Dune, a publisher's review copy of the first edition
Philadelphia and New York: Chilton Books, 1965. First edition. Hardcover. This is a publisher?s review copy of the first edition, first printing, in the first issue dust jacket. The publisher?s laid-in review slip measures 5.5 x 4.25 inches, printed in purple and black on white paper. It specifies a publication date of ?October 1, 1965?, a price of ?$5.95? and states, beneath a Chilton Books header, ?We would appreciate your sending | a copy of the publication in which | your review appears, or two copies | of your review, to CHILTON | BOOKS, TRADE BOOK DIVISION. | ATTN: PROMOTION DEPARTMENT?. Condition of this review copy is near fine in a very good dust jacket. The blue cloth binding is square, clean, bright, and tight with sharp corners. We note only slight wrinkling and a hint of barely discernible sunning at the spine ends. The contents are beautifully bright with a crisp feel, no spotting, and no previous ownership marks. First edition is so stated on the copyright page and first printing confirmed by copyright page content. Consonant with the fact that the work took a long time to achieve its eventual fame, this review copy appears unread. The jacket is bright and clean with fractional loss to the spine head and trivial wear to extremities. First issue is confirmed by an intact ?$5.95? front flap price and the publisher information in four lines on the lower rear flap. The unfaded spine shows some mild abrasion to a 2.75 inch long section of the center, with small spots of color loss resulting. The dust jacket is protected beneath a removable, archival quality clear cover. Half a century after it was published, Dune is regarded among the greatest science fiction novels. Dune is speculative fiction in the fullest sense. Herbert created a reality at once compellingly foreign and provocatively familiar in philosophical, political, and cultural strictures tightly woven by Herbert and then cathartically disrupted. Herbert populated this reality with characters personal enough for the reader to identify and invest, yet potent enough to serve as allegory. Dune was revolutionary, even within the genre. Classic science fiction elements of galactic empire and faster than light space travel interleave with Homeric tragedy, biblical exile, suffering, and revelation, mystic states of altered consciousness, ecological sustainability as an ethos, and socio-political tensions between order and anarchy, revolution and reconciliation. Dune was long, complex, strange, and unprecedented ? and predictably rejected by more than 20 publishing houses before being improbably accepted by Chilton, a Philadelphia operation known for auto repair manuals and hobby magazines. Many writers take an odd, tortuous path to literary greatness. Frank Patrick Herbert, Jr. (1920-1986) proved the rule. Herbert had worked as a writer for more than two decades before Dune, but was a ?chronically broke? writer who had worked as a journalist, war photographer, and even an interlude as a Congressional speech writer. 1959 found a 40 year old Herbert on the sand dunes near Florence, Oregon, researching a story about a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to stabilize the shifting sands. ?Herbert was a quintessential product of the libertarian culture of the Pacific coast, self-reliant and distrustful of centralized authority, yet with a mile-wide streak of utopian futurism and a concomitant willingness to experiment.? The Oregon dunes proved fertile ground for creative epiphany. Herbert?s research into dunes became research into deserts and desert cultures, thence two short, serialized novels that he then re-worked into the single, giant epic that became Dune. An unqualified critical success, Dune won both the 1965 Nebula and 1966 Hugo awards for best novel. Commercial success was slower, but the fan cult grew during the 1970s and Dune became a lucrative franchise, with a series of sequels authored by Herbert, followed by more than a dozen additional Dune novels authored by Herbert?s son after his father?s death.
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