Edition: First edition.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A very hard-to-find novel by McElroy, an intellectual work of science fiction,set in an unspecified future - the meditation, the experience, of a disembodied brain orbiting the earth in a capsule, and gradually developing a consciousness of itself separate from its function even as its health deteriorates. Early reviews called it "remarkable, brilliant" and "an exhausting disorienting work of discovery.' INSCRIBED on the title page. Surprisingly the hardcover first seems to be more uncommon than the advance proof. 215 pp. Dust jacket art by Fred Marcellino. ISBN: 0-394407946.
Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket (light crease along the top edge of the dust jacket, very short closed tear to upper edge of back cover 8.95 still present. Scarce in this condition and especially so signed by McElroy.