1980. San Francisco: The Arion Press, 1980.
Tall 4to, original aluminum covers stamped in black, contained in an aluminum frame with hinged top with clasp, lettered in black along one edge. 56 accordion-style folded panels, comprising 112 pp. 14 line illustrations and 10 mounted die-cut panels by the printer, Andrew Hoyem, after designs by the author. A fine copy.
§ First Edition in this format, published in an edition of 275 copies, signed by Ray Bradbury at the end of his introduction, and by Andrew Hoyem in the Colophon. This is #180. This tale about the inhabitants of a two-dimensional world and their difficulties with one-dimensional and three-dimensional beings has never gone out of print since it was first printed in 1886. “The great classic of dimensional thought, this has been a highly influential work in science-fiction. It is very nicely written, amusing, logical, and easy to follow. It is still much the best of the various books that have explored life in worlds of fewer dimensions than ours” (Bleiler, Science-Fiction. The Early Years, 2). This is perhaps technically the most elaborate or complicated of all the Arion Press books to date; it was the seventh production of Hoyem’s Arion Press and has long been one of the most difficult, though less costly than the livres d’artiste, to acquire. The text pages and illustration units measure 7 x 14 inches and are joined accordion-style to a length of 33 feet printed on each side, making a 66-foot long book. Item #123811