New York: Charles Scribner's Sons / The First Edition Library, 1952 / 1980. Facsimile First Edition. Cloth. 8vo, gray cloth with silver lettering on spine, pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) protected in an archival clear plastic sleeve, & doubly-protected in a gray slipcase reproducing cover art & blurb, [viii] + 295 pages. Includes The First Edition Library heavy stock flier on the book & author. 1 lb. 7 oz. Very Fine / Very Fine. Item #1719
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922 – 2007) was an American writer who, during a lengthy career, published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction. He is most famous for his satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969).
PLAYER PIANO was his first novel (1952) and Brave New World-like response to the implications of having everything run by little boxes. Such automation was tough for the human beings who thereby lost their dignity. The book was reissued in 1954 as Utopia 14. This slipcased edition is a facsimile of the first edition.
Vonnegut has been hailed as a morbidly comical commentator on the society in which he lived, and as one of the most important contemporary writers.
EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION: tight, bright, clean facsimile issued in a Fine slipcase. A couple of tiny spots of rubbing on the verso edges of the slipcase.