Binding: 1/4 Cloth
Book Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket
Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Publisher: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985.
A handsome first Trade edition/first printing, preceded only by a private publication of the Franklin Library in about Fine condition, a hint of sunning at edges, in Fine dust-jacket. From the collection of Betty Anderson, legendary art director of publisher Knopf in the late 20th century as evidenced by her (small and unobtrusive) inventory number and signature on front paste down.
In the early 1950s, a foggy, shabby Venice, California is the last stop on the circus train for scores of old silent-movie stars and young writers. One young writer (Bradbury's autobiographical hero) pounds out his short stories while someone is killing off the older denizens of the tacky city. A rare venture into the mystery field for Bradbury.