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Philip K. Dick – First Edition Books: Identification Points

Philip K. Dick
Philip K. Dick

Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American science fiction writer. He wrote 44 novels and about 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. His fiction explored varied philosophical and social themes, and featured recurrent elements such as alternate realities, simulacra, monopolistic corporations, drug abuse, authoritarian governments, and altered states of consciousness, and often explored topics such as the nature of reality, perception, human nature, and identity.

Born in Chicago, Dick moved to the San Francisco Bay Area with his family at a young age. He began publishing science fiction stories in 1952, at age 23. He found little commercial success until his alternative history novel The Man in the High Castle (1962) earned him acclaim, including a Hugo Award for Best Novel, when he was 33. He followed with science fiction novels such as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) and Ubik (1969). His 1974 novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

Following a series of religious experiences in 1974, Dick’s work engaged more explicitly with issues of theology, metaphysics, and the nature of reality, as in novels A Scanner Darkly (1977) and VALIS (1981). A collection of his speculative nonfiction writing on these themes was published posthumously as The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick (2011). He died in 1982 in Santa Ana, California, at the age of 53, due to complications from a stroke.

Philip K. Dick’s posthumous influence has been widespread, extending beyond literary circles into Hollywood filmmaking. Popular films based on his works include Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (adapted twice: in 1990 and in 2012), Minority Report (2002), A Scanner Darkly (2006), and The Adjustment Bureau (2011). Beginning in 2015, Amazon produced the multi-season television adaptation The Man in the High Castle, based on Dick’s 1962 novel; and in 2017 Channel 4 began producing the ongoing anthology series Electric Dreams, based on various Dick stories. In 2005, Time magazine named Ubik (1969) one of the hundred greatest English-language novels published since 1923. In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer included in The Library of America series.

Philip K. Dick – First Edition Identification Guide

Note: This list only includes works published prior to 1977.

How to Identify First Edition books by Philip K. Dick Guide
YearTitlePublisherFirst edition/printing identification points
1977THE BEST OF PHILIP K. DICKNew York: Ballantine Books, [1977]Wrappers. First Edition: March 1977 on © page.Ballantine 25359 ($1.95).
1973THE BOOK OF PHILIP K. DICKNew York: DAW Books, Inc., [1973]Wrappers. First printing, February 1973 on © page. Also, First Printing [through] Tenth Printing set in ten lines following the dedication on © page. DAW: sf Books No. 44 UQ1044 (95c). Reissued as THETURNING WHEEL AND OTHER STORIES.
1964CLANS OF THE ALPHANE MOONNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1964]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book F-309 (40c).
1975CONFESSIONS OF A CRAP ARTISTNew York: Entwhistle Books, 1975Two bindings, priority as listed:
  • (A) Red cloth. 500 copies;
  • (B) Wrappers.. 500 copies. Three issues, no priority for the first two, the last bound later:
    • (A) Cloth; 90 numbered copies signed by the author;
    • (B) Cloth; 410 unsigned trade copies;
    • (C) Wrappers. All issues occur in two states:
      • (A.)First edition: 500 copies, cloth bound on © page;
      • (B) This statement not present on © page.
Notes: (1) 1000 sets of sheets were printed. The press was stopped at 500 copies and the first edition statement was removed. Both states were mixed by the printer and the three issues were prepared using sheets with and without the statement. Of the 50 hardbound copies, 90 were selected at random and a signed issue was prepared. (2) Hardbound copies were issued without dust jacket.
1957THE COSMIC PUPPETSNew York: Ace Books, [1957]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-249 (35c). Bound with SARGASSO OF SPACE by Andrew North.
1967COUNTER-CLOCK WORLD[New York]: Published by Berkley Pub. Corp, [1967]Wrappers. February, 1967 on © page. Berkley X1372 (60c).
ALSO: London, Sydney and Tor onto: White Lion Publishers Limited, [1977]. Boards. First published in Great Britain ... 1977 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1966THE CRACK IN SPACENew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1966]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book F-377 (40c). Later collected in A PHILIP K. DICK OMNIBUS.
1976DEUS IRAEGarden City: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1976Boards. First edition so stated on © page. With ROGER ZELAZNY.
1968DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?Garden City: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1968First edition so stated on © page.
1965DR. BLOODMONEY OR HOW WE GOT ALONG AFTER THE BOMBNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1965]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book F-337 (40c). ALSO: Boston: Gregg Press, 1977. First Printing, June 1977 on © page. First hardcover edition. Notes: (1) Photographically reproduced from the 1965 Ace Books edition. (2) Not issued in dust jacket.
1960DR. FUTURITYNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1960]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-421 (35c). Bound with SLAVERS OF SPACE by John Brunner. Later collected in A PHILIP K. DICK OMNIBUS.
1957EYE IN THE SKYNew York: Ace Books, [1957]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double-Size Books D-211 (35c).
1974FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAIDGarden City: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1974First edition so stated on © page.
1969GALACTIC POT-HEALER[New York]: Published by Berkley Pub. Corp, [1969]Wrappers. June, 1969 on © page. A Berkley Medallion Book X1705 (60c).
ALSO: New York: BerkleyPub.Corp, [1970]. Boards. No statement of printing on © page. Code OSL on page 145. First hardcover edition. Note: Issued by the Science Fiction Book Club.
1963THE GAME-PLAYERS OF TITANNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1963]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book F-251 (40c).
ALSO: London, New York, Sydney and Toronto: White Lion Publishers Limited, [1974]. Boards. White Lion edition, 1974 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1967THE GANYMEDE TAKEOVERNew York: Ace Books, Inc, [1967]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book G-637 (50c). With RAY NELSON.
1955A HANDFUL OF DARKNESSLondon Melbourne Sydney Auckland Bombay Cape Town New York Toronto: Rich and Cowan, [1955]Two bindings priority as listed: (A) Blue boards lettered in silver; (B) Orange boards lettered in black. First published - 1955 on © page. Note: A later dust jacket listing Dick's WORLD OF CHANCE has been observed on both bindings.
1962THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLENew York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, [1962]No statement of printing on © page. Code D36 at base of page 239.
1956THE MAN WHO JAPEDNew York: Ace Books, [1956]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-l93 (35c). Bound with THE SPACE-BORN by E. C. Tubb.
1964MARTIAN TIME-SLIPNew York: Ballantine Books, [1964]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. An Original Ballantine Science Fiction Novel U2191 (50c). ALSO: [London]: New English Library, [1976]. Boards. This edition first published in Great Britain ... in 1976 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1970A MAZE OF DEATHGarden City: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1970First edition so stated on © page.
1966NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEARGarden City: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1966First edition so stated on © page.
1970OUR FRIENDS FROM FROLIX 8New York: AcePub.Corp, [1970]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book 6440c (60c). ALSO: New York: Ace Books, [1971]. Boards. No statement of printing on © page. Code B3 on page 184. First hardcover edition. Note: Issued by the Science Fiction Book Chib.
1964THE PENULTIMATE TRUTHNew York: Belmont Books, [1964]Wrappers. September 1964 on © page. Belmont 92-603 (50c). ALSO: London: Jonathan Cape, [1967]. Boards. First published in Great Britain 1967 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1970A PHILIP K. DICK OMNIBUSLondon: Sidgwick & Jackson, [1970]Boards. No statement of printing on © page. Reprint. Collects THE CRACK IN SPACE, THE UNTELEPORTED MAN, and DR. FUTURITY. Note: First hardcover publication for all titles.
1969THE PRESERVING MACHINENew York: Ace Pub. Corp, [1969]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. An Ace Science Fiction Special 67800 (95c).
ALSO: New York: Ace Books, Inc., [1970]. Boards. No statement of printing on © page. Code 48K on page 309. First hardcover edition. Note: Issued by the Science Fiction Book Club.
ALSO: London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1971. Boards. No statement of printing on © page. Drops one story, "What the Dead Men Say."
1977A SCANNER DARKLYGarden City: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1977Boards. First edition so stated on © page.
1964THE SIMULACRANew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1964]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book F-301 (40c). ALSO: London: Eyre Methuen, [1977]. Boards. First published in Great Britain 1977 ... on © page. First hardcover edition.
1955SOLAR LOTTERYNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1955]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-103 (35c). Bound with THE BIG JUMP by Leigh Brackett. Issued later in Great Britain with unauthorized editorial changes as WORLD OF CHANCE. ALSO: Boston: Gregg Press, 1976. First Printing, June 1976 on © page. First U.S. hardcover edition. Notes: (1) Photographically reproduced from the 1955 Ace Books edition. (2) Not issued in dust jacket.
1965THE THREE STIGMATA OF PALMER ELDRITCHGarden City: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1965First edition so stated on © page.
1959TIME OUT OF JOINTPhiladelphia New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, [1959]Boards. First edition so stated on © page.
1977THE TURNING WHEEL AND OTHER STORIES[London]: Coronet Books, [1977]Wrappers. Coronet Edition 1977 on © page. Coronet 218290 (80p). Issued earlier in the U.S. as THE BOOK OF PHILIPK. DICK.
1969UBIKGarden City: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1969First edition so stated on © page.
1966THE UNTELEPORTED MANNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1966]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double G-602 (50c). Bound with THE MIND MONSTERS by Howard L. Cory. Later collected in A PHILIP K. DICK OMNIBUS.
1957THE VARIABLE MAN AND OTHER STORIESNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1957]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double-Size Books D-261 (35c).
1960VULCAN'S HAMMERNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1960]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-457 (35c). Bound with THE SKY NAPPERS by John Brunner.
1972WE CAN BUILD YOUNew York: DAW Books, Inc., [1972]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. DAW: sf Books No. 14 UQ1014 (950). Note: Later printings state First printing, July 1972 and carry the publisher's printing code on the © page.
1956THE WORLD JONES MADENew York: Ace Books, [1956]Wrappers. No statement of printing oh © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-150 (35c). Bound with AGENT OF THE UNKNOWN by Margaret St. Clair.
ALSO:London.: Sidgwick & Jackson, [1968]. Boards. This edition published 1968 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1956WORLD OF CHANCELondon Melbourne Sydney Auckland Bombay Johannesburg New York Toronto: Rich and Cowan, [1956]Boards. First published 1956 on © page. Unauthorized editorial changes. Issued earlier in the U.S. with author's preferred text as SOLAR LOTTERY.
1967THEZAPGUNNew York: Pyramid Books, [1967]Wrappers. First printing January, 1967 on © page. Pyramid Science Fiction R-1569 (50c).

Philip K. Dick – First Printing Dust Jacket Identification Points

Gallery of First state Dust Jackets of Philip K. Dick’s works. Only includes the first appearance in book form. Either the UK or US edition and does not include later printings.

Reference:

  • Wikipedia
  • L. W. Currey, Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors: A Bibliography of First Printings of Their Fiction and Selected Nonfiction.

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