Inscribed to fellow dystopian author and Atwood’s personal inspiration Walter Miller Jr., the first edition of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Octavo, 311pp. Gray boards, green cloth spine, title in silver over cloth. First edition, second printing, with number line on copyright page beginning with “2.” Slight lean to text block, touch of foxing to top edge, a near fine example. In the publisher’s first state dust jacket, near fine condition, with $16.95 price on front flap, light shelf wear, a nice example. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell with title in gilt on morocco label affixed to spine and marbled interior.
Signed by the author: “For Walter Miller with thanks for your writing – Margaret Atwood” on the half-title.
Walter M. Miller Jr. (1923-1996) was an American science fiction writer who served as a source of inspiration for Margaret Atwood’s writings. The two have similar themes throughout their stories, including post-apocalyptic and dystopian societies, regressive/cyclical politics, and challenges between church and state. Miller won the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel for A Canticle for Leibowitz, a post-apocalyptic work of science fiction.