First UK edition and first hardcover edition of this science fiction classic, the origin of the "pod people" trope and the inspiration for numerous Hollywood films – in beautiful condition.
Fine in about fine jacket.
THE BODY SNATCHERS
"There on that shelf lay Becky Driscoll – uncompleted. There lay a... preliminary sketch for what was to become a perfect and flawless portrait, everything begun, all sketched in, nothing entirely finished."
Whether a Cold War metaphor for Communism or a commentary on the decline of 20th-century human civilization, THE BODY SNATCHERS has resonated with generations of readers and movie-goers. In his best-known work, Jack Finney plays on the concept of the Uncanny Valley before there was such a term, pitting humans against alien replacements born from seed pods – identical to their hosts visually, but lacking emotion. Originally published in serial form in COLLIER'S magazine, this is the first edition of THE BODY SNATCHERS to be published in hardcover. A particularly sharp copy, exceptional in this condition.
Read more: Neil Barron, Anatomy of Wonder, item II-401.
London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1955. 7.25'' x 4.75''. Original red cloth with black spine lettering. Original unclipped (10s. 6d. net) color pictorial dust jacket. 192 pages. In custom black cloth clamshell box. Jacket with a touch of edgewear, mild scuff to upper rear cover.
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