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Precious Artifacts - A Philip K. Dick Bibliography, United States of America and United Kingdom Editions, 1955–2012 Paperback – June 23, 2012
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Serious students of PKD's work will find Precious Artifacts most useful in conjunction with co-author David Hyde's Pink Beam: A Philip K. Dick Companion, which contains the detailed historical and critical analysis outside the scope of Precious Artifacts.
Precious Artifacts, whose title appropriately puns on the PKD short story "Precious Artifact," first published in the October 1964 issue of Galaxy magazine, is the only PKD bibliography in print, and it is worth much more than $28.95 asking price in eye appeal alone. An entirely safe prediction is that the first edition paperback, as well as the limited edition hardcover, will become collectible books in their own right. The backbone of PKD bibliography, the Levack/Godersky paperback edition of 1981, had a cover price of $7.95, and now cannot be found for much less than $100 in any condition.
Many thanks to Henri Wintz and Dave Hyde, not only for creating this remarkable bibliography, but also for their generosity in sharing their time and knowledge. Wintz and Hyde have most recently published An Index to the Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick: 1974 (March 30, 2013), and they are working on their next bibliography, which will cover PKD's short stories.
Not only does it have about 600 full color illustrations it has a significant amount of good information regarding many of the editions that they cover.
For instance, I may have the rarest version of the hardback "Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said". I have the First Edition state, with correct date code in the book with remainder spray. They feel that it may be the rarest hardback version of that stellar novel of all the hardback versions available!
I am going to use this as my new checklist as I have been trying to collect all the first edition paperbacks in both American and British editions. With this phenomenally fantastic edition, and the specific information about all the books, I'm darn close to having a full set of both.
Now the hardback versions are a different story, sigh.
Get the hardback version of this book if still available. This may become a significant collectors item in its own right. Otherwise get any copy you can. If you appreciated Philip Dick you will more then appreciate the love, care and attention that went into this book. Thank you both.
And I look forward to Henri and Dave's next enterprise, the bibliography of the translations of Dick's books!
It is available in trade paperback format here and in a limited hardcover edition from the authors.