Hard Cover. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1951. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition. Inscribed by Bradbury to book collector Stanley Simon on front free endpaper: "For / Stanley Simon! / [rule] / Good Wishes! / Ray Bradbury / Oct. 8, 1982". Publisher's beige cloth, lettered in brown to spine; in the original red pictorial dust jacket designed by Sydney Butchkes with a rough silhouette of a human figure in yellow, decorated with small designs in black, lettered in black and white. A near fine copy with a touch of wear to spine ends; in a very good dust jacket with toning to spine and rear panel, a few nicks to spine ends and corners, light wear to bottom edge. Overall, an attractive copy, inscribed by the author. The Illustrated Man is a collection of science-fiction short stories that includes "Kaleidoscope, " "The Rocket Man," "The Fire Balloons," "No Particular Night or Morning," and "The Concrete Mixer," among others. The seemingly unrelated stories share a unifying framing narrative - namely, the story of the illustrated man, who was so covered in artistic tattoos that "he looked like a man who had fallen into a twenty-color print press and been squeezed out, all bright and picturesque." In addition to showing the future, his tattoos move to tell the stories that are then "retold" in this volume.