New York: Ace Books, 1970. Third Paperback Edition. Octavo. (18 cm.) 541 pp. ii ill. Pictorial mass market paperback. Bright and fresh. Fine. Item #82
Complete and Unabridged
Writer Frank Herbert used the shifting, expansive sands of the Oregon coast as his inspiration for his epic Science Fiction novel, "Dune". Now recognized as one of the most influential books of the genre, "Dune" is essentially the classic epic tale of banishment, struggle and rebirth - a theme that is fundamental in "The Odyssey" as it is in "Le Morte d'Arthur" and "Lawrence of Arabia". In 1965, Ace Books published "Dune" in mass market paperback format, the same year as the hardcover, originally published by the Chilton Book Company. Alongside Ballantine Books, Ace Books was the dominant American Science Fiction paperback publisher of the 1950s and 1960s. And although their books, mostly "low-brow" and lurid genre titles, were considered little more than subway reads, it is Ace Books which published William S. Burrough's first book, "Junkie" and Philip K. Dick's first novel, "Solar Lottery". Copies of early, mass market printings of genre books in fine condition are quite scarce. This is a terrifc survivor of a seminal book.