New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. First trade edition. A Fine copy of the book, with a tiny bit of dust soiling to the top-edge of the closed page block, but otherwise perfect. In a bright, Near Fine dust jacket with one very small nick at the bottom of the front panel and with the red spine lettering one shade lightened, but with the original colors remarkably fresh and vivid. Most copies show little to no red color on the spine, this copy among the nicer examples we've seen.
Bradbury’s most famous work, about a dystopian future where books are banned – and burned. “Fahrenheit 451” appears on the New York Public Library’s list of books of the century and won the 1954 American Academy of Letters Award in Arts and Literature. Though the book is thought to be a comment on the political culture and McCarthyism at the time of its publication, the work also grew out of a number of ideas and themes Bradbury had explored in a few of his earlier published short stories. The book would later be adapted into a 1966 film directed by Francois Truffaut, which was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. In a contemporary review in The Chicago Sunday Tribune, writer August Derleth called the book "a savage and shockingly prophetic view of one possible future way of life…compelling.” Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #1734)