By Connie Willis (signed) Frontispiece by Jerry Vanderstelt Introduction by Pamela Sargent (signed). Easton Press Collector's Edition. Description: Leatherbound hardback book published by Easton Press. Bound in top grade black leather with 22kt gold lettering and cover artwork. Hubbed spine, acid neutral paper with page edges gilded, special series endpapers, and a satin ribbon book mark sewn in.
Collectors note and unused publisher supplied bookplate laid in (not attached). Originally issued by Easton Press completely unsigned, I have gotten this copy signed as follows: Signed by the author on the title page without inscription or personalization; Signed by the introduction writer on the last page of the introduction without inscription or personalization. Issued by Easton Press as part of the Masterpieces of Science Fiction series. One of the most sought after of the books from this series. This novel won 3 awards for best novel (Hugo, Nebula, Locus) and was nominated for a quite a few other awards.
Synopsis: For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received.But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin -- barely of age herself -- finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history's darkest hours. Five years in the writing by one of science fiction's most honored authors, Doomsday Book is a storytelling triumph. Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering and the indomitable will of the human spirit. Reviews: A stunning novel that encompasses both suffering and hope.... The best work yet from one of science fiction's best writers. Splendid work -- brutal, gripping and genuinely harrowing, the product of diligent research, fine writing and well-honed instincts, that should appeal far beyond the normal science-fiction constituency. - Kirkus Reviews (starred review). The world of 1348 burns in the mind's eye, and every character alive that year is a fully recognized being....
It becomes possible to feel... That Connie Willis did, in fact, over the five years Doomsday Book took her to write, open a window to another world, and that she saw something there. - The Washington Post Book World.Condition: Binding - fine, a few minor flaws to the page edge gilding, otherwise like new. Dust jacket - none, as issued. If this book is listed as a first edition, it will also be a first printing. We do not consider later printings to be first editions. We know the difference between a publisher's edition and a bo ok cl ub edition and will always disclose bo ok cl ub editions. If we aren't sure, we will so indicate. In our written descriptions, we use the standard professional bookseller's condition grading on our items (fine, near fine, very good, good, poor). We describe each item carefully. If the condition description doesn't mention a rem ainder mark or ex-l ibrary markings, they do not exist.
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