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  •  It was published as a mass-market paperback (1+ / 0-)
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    As was virtually all science fiction at the time.

    Until I just googled it (frustrating!--Google keeps "correcting" "Dhalgren" to "Dahlgren" unless you put it in quotes), the only hardcover edition I was aware of was David Hartwell's Gregg Press hardcover facsimile edition.  It was published sometime around 1980, give or take a few years (my copy's in a box at the moment), in a small printing (Gregg's typical run was less than 500 copies).

    Google let me learn there was another small-press edition, numbered and signed by Delany and William Gibson (who wrote a foreword), ten years ago.  Only 300 copies of that one.

    It caught a strange current when it first came out and was a big seller in paperback, though, went through a ton of printings.  How many people actually read it all the way through is another question.

    If you want one of the two hardcover reprints (that I know of), you can probably buy one for something in the low three figures--

    •  You're absolutely correct (0+ / 0-)

      Science fiction in particular didn't start appearing in hardcover until the 1980s, with the sole exceptions of small press (Gregg, Arkham House, and a handful of others) and Doubleday's SF Book Club.  Even today a lot of popular mid-range authors are published exclusively in paperback or e-book, not hardcover.

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