Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time has become an international publishing phenomenon. Translated into thirty languages, it has sold over nine million copies worldwide and lives on as a science book that continues to captivate and inspire new readers each year. When it was first published in 1988 the ideas discussed in it were at the cutting ...Read MoreStephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time has become an international publishing phenomenon. Translated into thirty languages, it has sold over nine million copies worldwide and lives on as a science book that continues to captivate and inspire new readers each year. When it was first published in 1988 the ideas discussed in it were at the cutting edge of what was then known about the universe. In the intervening ten years there have been extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro- and macro-cosmic world. Indeed, during that time cosmology and the theoretical sciences have entered a new golden age. Professor Hawking is one of the major scientists and thinkers to have contributed to this renaissance. In this special, fully updated edition, which marks the tenth anniversary of the book's original ground-breaking publication, Professor Hawking has included the most recent developments in the field, many of which were forecast by him. He has also written a new introduction as well as an additional chapter on wormholes and time travel. A Brief History of Time has rightly been hailed as the publishing sensation of the past decade and is surely destined to become one of the greatest classics of science writing.Read Less
Fine in fine jacket. With an Introduction by Carl Sagan. Illustrations. 198pp. 8vo, cloth backed boards, d.w. New York: Bantam Books, (1988). First American Edition, Fine. Very scarce copy of the first issue, which, because of many misprints, including missing dedication and table of contents leaves, was recalled from booksellers, and destroyed. This is a fine copy in a silver dust wrapper (later changed to blue).
Introduction by Carl Sagan. Illustrations by Ron Miller. [Together with a copy of the first published edition. ] 2 volumes, octavo. Original black cloth backed black boards, titles to spines in silver. With the dust jackets. Illustrations and diagrams throughout. Volume I: A little fading to edges of boards. An excellent copy in the jacket with just a couple of tiny creases. Volume II: A little fading to edges of boards and to upper board. An excellent copy in the jacket with just a few minor production flaw creases to the upper panel. The rare, suppressed first printing of Hawking's best-seller. The first printing was recalled from shops due to a number of errors: it lacks the contents and dedication pages, and figures 2.5 and 2.6 on page 27 are reversed. The dust jacket was also changed, with that of the suppressed printing being a silvery light-blue and the second printing dark blue. Loosely inserted in volume I is a memo from the publisher requesting that copies of the first printing be removed from shelves and returned to them. A superb set. THE SUPPRESSED FIRST PRINTING
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