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A Brief History of Time : From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen W. Hawking - First Edition / First State - April 1988 - from Books of the World (SKU: RWARE0000003316)

A Brief History of Time : From the Big Bang to Black Holes

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A Brief History of Time : From the Big Bang to Black Holes

by Stephen W. Hawking

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New York: Bantam, April 1988. Hardcover. First Edition. Rare surviving first state of the first printing of the U.S. First Edition. This printing was recalled and destroyed after a scientist reviewing an advance copy for the journal Nature noticed that the book was replete with errors. The few surviving copies are mostly those distributed as advance review copies. The corrected version of the book was reissued with a different ISBN and a dark blue dust jacket. Quarter-bound in black linen with black paper-covered boards, silver lettering to spine, SWH blind-stamped on front board. Light blue endpapers. No dedication or table of contents. Two extra paragraphs on page 34. Copyright page has ISBN 0-553-05243-8 and full number line. Silver-colored pictorial dust jacket with photographic portrait of Hawking by David Montgomery and no price or ISBN/barcode. Introduction by Carl Sagan. Very Good book in a Very Good jacket. Interior pristine. Slight bump to upper front edge. Spine straight and tight. Spine ends and lower corners lightly bumped. Jacket rubbed with wrinkling at author's name and light edgewear. No tears. No library or ownership markings. No remainder mark. Not clipped. x + 198 pages, 35 figures. See photos.


A Brief History of Time is a popular science book written by Stephen Hawking and first published by the Bantam Dell Publishing Group in 1988. It became a best-seller and has sold more than 9 million copies. It was also on the London Sunday Times best-seller list for more than four years. There is also a documentary by the same name, directed by Errol Morris and released in 1991. Unlike the book, the documentary is primarily a biography of Stephen Hawking.


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A Brief History of Time : From the Big Bang to Black Holes
Stephen W. Hawking
Ron Miller
Book condition
Used - Very Good
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Very Good
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First Edition / First State
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
April 1988
cosmology, physics, science, First Edition, First State
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Science & Technology;

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