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    Karel Capek. R.U.R. London: 1923. First edition in English.

    More Information: Karel Capek. R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots). A Play in Three Acts and an Epilogue. Translated from the Czech by P. Selver and adapted fro the English stage by Nigel Playfair. London: Oxford University Press, 1923. First edition in English. Small octavo. 102, [2] pages. Publisher's perfect binding, black paper wrappers lettered in red on front; all edges trimmed. Backstrip worn at joints with some paper loss at ends and slight cracking along middle; front wrapper and backstrip fully faded to brown, rear wrapper faded at joint margin, edges and corners; fairly light wear and soft creasing to wrappers, edges and corners softened; front wrap starting to split from top end; a few spots of soiling to rear. Normal age tanning to edges and interior of text block; edges abraded and corners softened; pages rippled. One or two tiny spots of soiling scattered at margins throughout; spine split between gatherings D and E, but still sound. Very good. Housed in custom black leather clamshell. First appearance of the word "robot" in English and in science fiction as a whole. Barron, Anatomy of Wonder (1987), 2-15 (first U. S. edition). From the Glynn and Suzanne Crain Collection.

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