The Fountains of Paradise [together with] Proof Copy, Signed
The Fountains of Paradise [together with] Proof Copy, Signed

CLARKE, Arthur C. The Fountains of Paradise [together with] Proof Copy, Signed.

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CLARKE, Arthur C. The Fountains of Paradise [together with] Proof Copy, Signed. London: Victor Gollancz, 1979.

8vo., Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt to spine; housed in the original unclipped pictorial dust-jacket, with wrap-around image by Terry Oakes; pp. 255, [i]; boards touched by toning to the edges and spine; else near-fine in like jacket which is also very lightly sunned and toned.
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Original proof copy, 8vo., printed paper wraps with 'Uncorrected' stamped to upper cover; identical jacket; pp. 251, [v]; with Gollancz compliment slip and printed letter dated 1978 loosely inserted; spine a little creased, jacket lightly toned with some light creasing to upper edge; near-fine.
First edition. The proof copy is inscribed by Clarke to the title page: "To Elmo, with Best Wishes, Arthur C. Clarke."
Winner of both the Nebula and Hugo Award. The story of a dream to link Earth with the stars via a 24,000-mile-high space elevator. But before that dream can be realised the protagonist and visionary engineer Vannevar Morgan must overcome many obstacles; mainly, the sect of monks who guard a sacred mountain, and the only one from which the contraption can be launched.

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