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Bradbury, Ray
book-date: 1980
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(Tall) Hardcover
typography/design - no artist listed
Book= near-Fine
Dustjacket= near-Fine

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:
(Introduction by Ray Bradbury)
The Night
The Homecoming
Uncle Einar
The Traveller
The Lake
The Coffin
The Crowd
The Scythe
There Was an Old Woman
There Will Come Soft Rains
Mars is Heaven
The Silent Towns
The Earth Men
The Off Season
The Million-Year Picnic
The Fox and the Forest
The Rocket Man
Marionettes Inc.
No Particular Night or Morning
The City
The Fire Balloons
The Last Night of the World
The Veldt
The Long Rain
The Great Fire
The Wilderness
A Sound of Thunder
The Murderer
The April Witch
Invisible Boy
The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind
The Fog Horn
The Big Black and White Game
The Golden Apples of the Sun
Hail and Farewell
The Great Wide World over There
The Playground
The Man Upstairs
Touched with Fire
The Emissary
The Jar
The Small Assassin
The Next in Line
The Leave-taking
The Happiness Machine
Calling Mexico
The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit
Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed
The Strawberry Window
A Scent of Sarsaparilla
The Picasso Summer
The Day it Rained Forever
A Medicine for Melancholy
The Shoreline at Sunset
Fever Dream
The Town Where No One Got Off
All Summer in a Day
Frost and Fire
The Anthem Sprinters
And So Died Riabouchinska
Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!
The Vacation -
The Illustrated Woman -
Some Live Like Lazarus
The Best of All Possible Worlds
The One who Waits
Tyranosaurus Rex
The Screaming Woman
The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place
Night Call, Collect
The Tombling Day
The Haunting of the New
Tommorrow's Child
I Sing the Body Electric!
The Women
The Inspired Chicken Motel
Yes, We'll Gather at the River
Have I Got a Chocolate Bar for You!
A Story of Love
The Parrot Who Met Poppa
The October Game
Punishment Without Crime
A Piece of Wood
The Blue Bottle
Long After Midnight
The Utterly Perfect Murder
The Better Part of Wisdom
Interval in Sunlight
The Black Ferris
Farewell Summer
McGillahee's Brat
The Aqueduct
The End of the Beginning

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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