Fahrenheit 451

by Bradbury, Ray

Fahrenheit 451 (Ballantine Books, 1953) by Ray Bradbury is a dystopian novel that presents a future American society in which the masses are hedonistic and critical thought through reading is outlawed. Written in the early years of the Cold War, the novel is a critique of what Bradbury saw as issues in American society of the era. Bradbury combined two of his early short stories, "The Pedestrian" and  "Bright Phoenix," into The Fireman, a novella published in the February 1951 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction. Bradbury's publisher at Ballantine Books then suggested that he expand the work to make into a novel—Fahrenheit 451.

First Edition Identification

Fahrenheit 451 was first published as a novel by Ballantine Books in New York in 1953. First edition copies signed by Bradbury sell for $15,000-$18,000. A limited-edition was released by the publisher in late 1953 of 200 signed copies that were bound in asbestos (to make them fireproof). 

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

The first British edition of Fahrenheit 451 was published by Rupert Hart Davis in London in 1954 and sells for $1,500 to $3,500.

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Fahrenheit 451

by Bradbury, Ray

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1953
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New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. First Edition. Asbestos Binding. Fine. First edition, #106 of 200 copies with limited issue asbestos binding, hand-numbered and signed by author on colophon. [viii], 199, (3) pp. Johns-Manville Quinterra asbestos binding, lettered in red. Fine, with light wear to crown heaviest to the rear, light bumping to bottom corners, trivial soiling. Two tiny… Read more about this item
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by Bradbury, Ray

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1954
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London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1954. A first edition, first printing published by Rupert Hart-Davis in 1954. A very good+ (or better) book without inscriptions - damp-staining to the lower boards with some spotting to the page edges. In a very good clipped wrapper with some light fading to the spine as is usual with this title. Some wear and nicking… Read more about this item
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Fahrenheit 451

by Bradbury, Ray; Joe Mugnaini [Illustrator]

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1953
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New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. First Edition. Asbestos Binding. First edition, limited issue asbestos binding, signed by Ray Bradbury and hand-numbered by him on colophon, either #200 or #210 [? middle digit is unclear] of a stated 200 copies thus, possible overrun. [vi], 199, (3) pp. Bound in publisher's Johns-Manville Quinterra asbestos binding, lettered in red. Very Good with… Read more about this item
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Fahrenheit 451 (Flamingo Modern Classics): Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 (Flamingo Modern Classics): Ray Bradbury

by Bradbury, Ray

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1953
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New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. First Edition. Fine/Near Fine. First edition, first hardcover trade issue. Advance review copy with publisher's slip and prospectus/newsletter laid in. Bound in publisher's red cloth with titles stamped in yellow on upper board and spine. Notation inked to front free endpaper and pages toned, Fine, in a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket with… Read more about this item
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Fahrenheit 451. [First UK Edition]. AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY TO TIM SANDEMAN

Fahrenheit 451. [First UK Edition]. AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY TO TIM SANDEMAN

by BRADBURY Ray

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1954
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Hart-Davis,, 1954. 8vo., First Edition thus; red cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, top and fore-edges very lightly mottled else a very good, bright, clean copy. A PRESENTATION COPY TO TIM SANDEMAN WITH THE AUTHOR'S SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION DATED 1954 ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. With the splendid pictorial bookplate of Timothy Sandeman on front paste-down. One of the… Read more about this item
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1953
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New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. First Edition. Author's Presentation Binding. Near Fine. First edition, one of 50 copies bound in full red cloth stamped in gilt specially for Ray Bradbury's personal use (Currey's B binding). Signed by Bradbury on the front free endpaper and inscribed "To John one of 50 specially bound copies of F451 for Presentation! [signed]… Read more about this item
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by Ray Bradbury

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1967
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First Printing of the Simon and Schuster Edition. This is Bradburry's classic novel. Issued because of a renewed interest in the book, as a consequence of the movie of the same name that came out the previous year. Not the commonly found book club edition. Dystopian novel about the destruction of books by fire and the threat to the dissemination… Read more about this item
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Fahrenheit 451 [Signed, Lettered, with a Steadman Lithograph]
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by Bradbury, Ray; illustrated by Ralph Steadman

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2005
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Los Angeles: Graham, 2005. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. The deluxe limited issue of this 50th anniversary illustrated edition of Brabury's great dystopian novel. The book includes full-page color illustrations by the illustrator Ralph Steadman, who is widely known for his work with Hunter S. Thompson. There were 451 copies of this edition, with a special introduction by Bradbury… Read more about this item
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Fahrenheit 451

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1953
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Ballantine Books, 1953. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. SIGNED limited, asbestos-bound state. Limited to 200 signed and numbered copies bound in John-Manville quinterra, an asbestos material with exceptional resistance to pyrolysis. Leftover tape marks on spine ends, some soiling on covers, and fading of spine. This copy is number "39." Comes in a custom-made foldout case.
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FAHRENHEIT 451.
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FAHRENHEIT 451.

by Bradbury, Ray

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First British edition
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1954
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London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1954. Book. Very good+ condition. Hardcover. First British edition. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. 158 pages of text. Bound in three quarter leather with marbled paper-covered boards. Gilt lettering and decoration on the spine; raised bands. Illustrated with a frontispiece by Joe Mugnaini. The closed page edges have a small smudge. The text is clean… Read more about this item
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Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

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1991
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The Easton Press, The Masterpieces of Science Fiction, 1991. Collector's Edition. Illustrated by Joseph Mugnaini. Hardcover. No dust jacket. Used - Fine, Like New condition. Appears unopened / unread. Bound In full (genuine) leather with hubbed spines. Text block is tight, bright, and clean with no ownership markings or bookplates. Embossed in 22kt gold on the spine and front… Read more about this item
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Fahrenheit 451 (40th Anniversary Edition)

by Bradbury, Ray

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1991
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Hardcover
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9780671870362
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Simon & Schuster, 1991 Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. Signed on the front free endpaper, 12th printing. Slightly perceptible bruise to the top front corner. Jacket is a bit misaligned, one suspects it rolled out of production this way..
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Fahrenheit 451

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First Edition
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1953
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Asbestos Binding
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New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. First Edition. Asbestos Binding. Fine/Fine. First edition in perhaps the nicest example of this dust jacket extant in the world today; a rarity that practically glows. Number 25 of 200 copies with limited issue asbestos binding, hand numbered and signed by Ray Bradbury on the colophon. Approximately 50 copies of which were sold… Read more about this item
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Fahrenheit 451 (40Th Anniversary Edition, Fine, Signed By Bradbury, And With His Signed Note To Forrest Ackerman Transmitting The Book)

Fahrenheit 451 (40Th Anniversary Edition, Fine, Signed By Bradbury, And With His Signed Note To Forrest Ackerman Transmitting The Book)

by Bradbury, Ray

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First Edition Thus
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1993
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Boards
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New York (1953): Simon and Schuster, 1993. First Edition Thus . Boards. Fine Book/Near Fine Dustjacket. With A New Eleven Pp Preface By Bradbury For This Edition, And Including The 1966 Ten Page Introduction By Bradbury, And Minor Editorial Revisions. Fine In Fine Dj, As New. Signed By Bradbury On Front Endpaper, And With His Signed Note To… Read more about this item
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Fahrenheit 451: a Novel (Signed Association Copy!)
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Fahrenheit 451: a Novel (Signed Association Copy!)

by Ray Bradbury

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1993
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First Edition Thus/First Printing of the 40th Anniversary Edition; A Near Fine book in a Fine dust jacket , with only a light spot of rubbing to the front board top edge and a couple of tiny spots to the top exterior text block. SIGNED and inscribed to long time friend and associate Herb Yellin, the founder and owner of… Read more about this item
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Fahrenheit 451 (Flamingo Modern Classics)

by Ray Bradbury

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Harper Voyager. Paperback. Used; Good. Simply Brit – welcome to our online used book store, where affordability meets great quality. Dive into a world of captivating reads without breaking the bank. We take pride in offering a wide selection of used books, from classics to hidden gems, ensuring there’s something for every literary palate. All orders are shipped… Read more about this item
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Fahrenheit 451

by Bradbury, Ray

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1982
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New York: Limited Editions Club, 1982. Hardcover. Full aluminum silver foil silkscreened in black, white and scarlet. Fine in near fine silver slipcase. Joseph Mugnaini. 182 pages. 28 x 16 cm. With a new introduction by the author. Illustrated with oil paintings by Joseph Mugnaini, a four color lithograph frontispiece and three pullout triptychs, the lithograph from zinc… Read more about this item
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Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

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2020
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Suntup, 2020 One of 250 limited editions (this is #182). Signed by Neil Gaiman (who wrote the introduction), the illustrator, Julie Griffin, and Jonathan Eller, who includes a long essay on the historical and literary context of this novel. Also included are two short stories, "The Pedestrian" and "The Fireman", the latter of which was later expanded into… Read more about this item
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Fahrenheit 451: 50th Anniversary Edition.

by Bradbury, Ray. (Text) Steadman, Ralph. (Illustrations)

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First Edition; First Printing
Published
2005
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Hardcover in slipcase
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Los Angeles: Graham Press.. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 2005. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover in slipcase. Deluxe SIGNED Limited Edition. Copy #28 of 150 numbered copies. The entire printing numbered 503 copies in 3 variant bindings comprising: 52 doubled lettered, 1 through 150 & 301 numbered consecutively. Fine in quarter leather goatskin & marbled boards in… Read more about this item
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