This fine 1956 first of Philip K Dick’s World of Chance sold at $5800 (£4430) in the November 14 Swann auction in New York.

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Signed on the front free endpaper was the fine 1956 first of World of Chance illustrated above, which sold at $5800 (£4430).

Dick’s first novel, it had been first published earlier that same year as a paperback and with a different title, Solar Lottery, but the hardback edition was a considerably revised and heavily edited version. The saleroom could trace no other signed example.

Estimated at $2000-3000 but sold instead at $13,000 (£9925) was a 1965 first of Dick’s The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch inscribed “To MR S-F a great guy…”

One wonders which fellow writer he regarded as ‘Mr S-F’?