Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1951. Ray Bradbury. First Edition. Cloth. SIGNED, dated, & Illustrated with a CARICATURE of himself by the Author; 8vo, beige buckram, red pictorial dust jacket, 251 + [1p. Epilogue} +  pages. Near Fine / Very Good +. Item #323
Rare copy of Ray Bradbury's important collection of stories with his amusing SELF PORTRAIT/CARICATURE; inscribed to "Joel!' by the author; dated Oct. 23, 72."
This third collection of short stories by the great Sci-Fi author includes "Prologue: The Illustrated Man," "The Long Rain," "Zero Hour," "The Velt," and "Kaleidoscope," among several other titles.
According to Clute & Nicholls, Encyclopedia of SF: "RB's vintage years are normally thought to be 1946-55, his short-story collections of that period are certainly superior to those he produced later. They began with The Illustrated man (coll. 1951; with 2 stories added and 4 deleted, rev. 1952 UK), in which the tales are given a linking framework; they are all seen as magical tattoos which, springing from the body of the protagonist, become living stories. Three were filmed as The Illustrated Man by Jack Smight in 1968" (p.152). Rod Steiger starred in the film.
Dust jacket has been slightly trimmed at corners not affecting the price of "$2.75" (therefore, first state) with slight rubbing and a few minute tears at extremities of the very good or better jacket. Two 1/2" neat red pencil streaks on rear pastedown.
Bleiler, Guide to Supernatural Fiction, 256; Anatomy of Wonder (1995), "Best Books": 769; Locke, Spectrum of Fantasy, I p.39; Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp.1008-13.