Hard Cover. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1968. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing, in the first state dust jacket with "$3.95" price. Publisher's gray cloth, lettered in gilt to spine; in the original gray and white dust jacket designed by Henry Sehring with the title lettered in bright green to front and spine panels in decorative type. A near fine copy with spine ends lightly bumped, a touch of foxing to text block edges and inner hinges, faint gray stain to top edge of text block and tiny black dot to bottom edge of front board, front free endpaper with a tiny "I" written in ink to upper right corner, else exceptionally clean and bright; in a very good or better dust jacket, unclipped, with some light wear to extremities and a couple of nicks to spine ends, minor creasing to top edge, light soiling to rear panel, green lettering on the spine panel faded to pale blue. Overall, a remarkable copy of this scarce science fiction classic. Set in post-apocalyptic San Francisco, Do Androids Dreams of Electric Sheep? is a science fiction novel that tells the parallel stories of Rick Deckard and John Isidore; the first, a bounty hunter on a mission to "retire" six escaped androids, and the second, a hermit with radiation poisoning who attempts to help the androids as they plot against their would-be executioner. Much of the story centers around the intrinsic differences between androids and humans (indeed, the two are almost indistinguishable but for the androids' supposed lack of empathy) and addresses complex philosophical questions about the nature of humanity and its relationship to technology. Notably, the story was adapted into the 1982 film Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford, which garnered more public attention than the book itself and was the recipient of multiple awards for cinematography. A sequel, titled Blade Runner 2049, was released in 2017, starring Ryan Gosling and, once again, Harrison Ford.