First edition in English of the science fiction classic.
Fine in about-fine jacket.
"Man has gone out to explore other worlds and other civilizations without having explored his own labyrinth of dark passages and secret chambers, and without finding what lies behind doorways that he himself has sealed."
The exploration of new worlds leads to the discovery of a malevolent intelligence who turns humankind's deepest fears and emotions against them. The result is a mystery thriller accompanied by a piercing critical analysis of human psychology. In his biographical afterword, Suvin credits Lem with raising science fiction in Europe "to the dignity of a major literary genre." Suvin also includes an annotated bibliography of Lem's other science fiction works; this is the first of Lem's works to appear in book form in English. A landmark in the recognition of modern European science fiction in the States.
New York: Walker and Company, (1970). 8.5'' x 5.5''. First published in Polish in 1961. Translated by Joanna Kilmartin and Steve Cox. Original white paper boards, spine lettered in black. Original unclipped ($4.95) pictorial dust jacket printed in orange, tan, brown, and black, designed by Lena Fong Hor with illustration by Jack Gaughan. Yellow topstain, fore edge machine deckle. , 216 pages. Jacket spine gently sunned, with minimal rubbing to spine extremities, touch of foxing to text block edges. Significantly nicer than normally found.
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