First edition in English of the science fiction classic.
"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.
Fine in about-fine jacket.
We work hard to meet our ethical responsibilty to describe our material accurately. All items are guaranteed as described and may be returned for any reason within 10 days. Please notify us before mailing a return.
We guarantee the authenticity of our items. All items are original (meaning not facsimiles or reproductions), first editions (i.e. first printings), unless otherwise noted. TPM is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and upholds their Code of Ethics.
All items subject to prior sale. Domestic orders over $250 and international orders over $500 ship gratis. We use USPS unless otherwise requested. Expedited, overnight, or international shipping, as well as other carriers, may carry additional costs beyond quoted rates. All orders receive tracking information and a direct contact in case of any questions.
We accept all major credit cards, Paypal, Venmo, check, money order, and bank wire. We are happy to accomodate institutional buyers' needs. Sales tax will be added to applicable purchases.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact us. We prioritize our long-term relationships far above any individual purchase, and we want you to love your item as much as we loved cataloguing it.