Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1950. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Item #41825
Inscribed by Asimov on the front free endpaper, "For Dirce Archer, With best wishes, Isaac Asimov." Dirce Archer was a well known science fiction fan of the 1950's and 60's. Asimov's first novel. "A sentimental favorite among Asimov's fans, but significant also as a transitional step between the relatively miserly world of Golden Age pulps and the relatively lucrative world of mainstream book publication." Quoted from Barron; Anatomy of Wonder 4, 3-15. Bound in gray cloth with lettering on the spine in red. The merest hint of toning to the edges of the text block, else fine in fine and bright dust jacket illustrated by Richard Powers, Doubleday's $2.50 price present, and with just the merest hint of rubbing at the spine panel ends. An exceptional associational copy.