Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket
Edition: First US Edition; First Printing
Size: 8vo; [xii], frontispiece, 187,  pages
Publisher: Garden City New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923.
A remarkable first US edition in original orange cloth in Very Good+ condition in the rare, lightly chipped and soiled dust-jacket, original price of $2.00 present. Small bookseller label to rear paste-down.
Karel Capek's 1920 science fiction play, originally published in the Czech language as Rosumovi Univerzální Roboti, here translated by Paul Selver. Premiering on 25 January 1921, it introduced the word "robot" to the English language and to science fiction. About this play, Isaac Asimov, author and creator of the Three Laws of Robotics, stated in a 1979 essay "Capek's play is, in my own opinion, a terribly bad one, but it is immortal for that one word"