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THE STORIES OF RAY BRADBURY
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Knopf 1980 hardcover - credits page states "first edition" with no statment of printing; bottom of back flap of DJ has "10/80" - which I presume to mean "October, 1980." 884 pages, jacket design by R. D. Scudellari, $17.95 cover price. Size is 6-1/2" by 9-1/2" by amost 2" thick; unpacked weight is 3 pounds, 4 ounces. Condition is near-Fine in a near-Fine dustjacket: book is tight and square, age tanning is negligible (good paper); no stamps, marks or writing (this is probably unread.) Age has produced a slight sag of the pages to rest even with the bottom of boards (quite typical for large books.) Unclipped Dustjacket is in good shape with no tears and very slight overall wear (see scans.)
A huge 884 page hardcover collection by Ray Bradbury: The Stories of Ray Bradbury (1980.) This is a massive "best of" retrospective, containing 100 stories (most of which have been previously collected in Bradbury collections, and they are arranged on the contents page in the order of those earlier collections.) In 2003, another 100-story retrospective appeared, called Bradbury Stories. What I find interesting is that there is no overlap between these 2 retrospectives - they were designed to complement each other. For most people, I would think the combination of the 2 would cover their need for Bradbury in nice hardcover editions - unless they were completists or total Bradbury fanatics.
The Stories of Ray Bradbury - contents:
These originally appeared from 1943 to 1980 - in sources that include Weird Tales, Dark Carnival, Planet Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories, MacLean's, Collier's, Esquire, Saturday Evening Post, Playboy, Galaxy, Other Worlds, Imagination, Redbook, Welcome Aboard, Playboy, Magazine of F&SF, and I Sing the Body Electric.
Most are "reprints" from earlier collections - usually grouped on contents page in batches corresponding to the major Bradbury collection where they were first collected. When a story that appeared in both Dark Carnival and The October Country (like "The Jar" or 'The Small Assassin") shows up in the 2nd batch, I assume this is the revised version from the later collection. Some stories were first collected here - including several pieces that were modified for Dandelion Wine (this is the first time the original magazine/manuscript versions appear in a Bradbury collection.)
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