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First edition, first printing of Philip K. Dick's The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

While Philip K. Dick is one of today's most revered and bestselling science fiction authors, he spent much of his career in near-poverty. Because of relative obscurity throughout much of his life, many of Dick’s works received modest initial print runs. In addition, unlike many of his science fiction peers, Dick attended precious few signings, making him one of the most collectible names in modern science fiction.

In the early 1950s, Dick embarked on his writing career by publishing short stories in science fiction pulps, but made the jump to novels after one of his idols, A.E. Van Vogt, convinced him that there was far more money in to be made in that format. While Dick never completely gave up on short stories, he concentrated his prodigious output and published more than 40 novels in his life. His output is made all the more impressive when you consider that his later years were marked by poor health, both mental and physical.

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Despite his ill health and limited financial success, Dick’s career was packed with accolades from the science fiction community. In 1963 he won the Hugo Award for The Man in the High Castle, set in an alternate history where the Axis powers won WWII. Additionally, Dick went on to win several other awards including the John W. Campbell Award for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said and the British Science Fiction Association Award for A Scanner Darkly. While Dick was never awarded the highly prestigious Nebula Award he was nominated for it five times: Dr. Bloodmoney, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer.

Dick only achieved mainstream appreciation shortly after his death when, in 1982, his novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was brought to the big screen by Ridley Scott in the form of Blade Runner. The movie initially received lukewarm reviews but emerged as a cult hit opening the film floodgates. Since Dick's passing, seven more of his stories have been turned into films including Total Recall (originally We Can Remember It for You Wholesale), The Minority Report, Screamers (Second Variety), Imposter, Paycheck, Next (The Golden Man) and A Scanner Darkly. Averaging roughly one movie every three years, this rate of cinematic adaptation is exceeded only by Stephen King. More recently, in 2005, Time Magazine named Ubik one of the 100 greatest English-language novels published since 1923, and in 2007 Philip K. Dick became the first sci-fi writer to be included in the Library of America series.

Top 15 Most Collectible Philip K. Dick titles sold on AbeBooks

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
1. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Sold for: $6,500

First edition, published by Doubleday in 1968.

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Deus Irae by Roger Zelazny & Philip K. Dick
Deus Irae
Roger Zelazny & Philip K. Dick
Sold for: $4,470

First edition, first printing, signed "To Pete - one real mean dude Philip K. Dick" & "Indeed - Roger Zelazny"

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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
3. The Man in the High Castle
Sold for: $2,000

Published by Gollancz this reprint copy was inscribed "To Terry - To whom I admit (which I've never admitted to anyone else) that the second umlaut is left off the word Gotterdammerung in TMITHC. With all good wishes. Philip K. Dick"

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A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
4. A Scanner Darkly
Sold for: $2,000

First edition inscribed "Philip K. Dick / Dope will kill you."

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The Game-Players of Titans by Philip K. Dick
5. The Game-Players of Titan
Sold for: $1,500

First hardcover edition where the author's name is spelled “R. A. Dick” on the spine. Signed by PKD. This edition was also predated by a paperback edition.

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Valis by Philip K. Dick
6. Valis
Sold for: $1,326

Limited edition letter copy, this being “T”, with an afterword by Kim Stanley Robinson, signed by her with a Philip K. Dick signed check stubb tipped-in. Valis slipcased together with a copy of 'Cosmogony and Cosmology', a 36-page essay by Dick.

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Now Wait for Last Year by Philip K. Dick
7. Now Wait for Last Year
Sold for: $1,300

Inscribed by Dick "To two of the nicest people on God's screwed up world. - Philip K. Dick January 5, 1969"

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In Pursuit of Valis: Selection From the Exegesis by Philip K. Dick
8. In Pursuit of Valis: Selections from the Exegesis
Sold for: $1,250

Lettered private press edition signed by PKD, contains excerpts from the journal kept by Dick documenting his his religious and visionary experiences in February and March of 1974.

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Dr. Bloodmoney, or, How We Got Along After the Bomb by Philip K. Dick
9. Dr. Bloodmoney or, How We Got Along After The Bomb
Sold for: $1,200

Published by Gregg Press, first hardcover edition from 1977 including an introduction by Norman Spinrad. This hardcover edition was predated by a paperback edition (which is shown above).

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Ubik by Philip K. Dick
10. Ubik
Sold for: $1,200

This was a book club edition, hardbound, inscribed by Dick to read "I hope you did not become too depressed by Ubik. I now see a more hopeful world around us than I depicted herein. Thanks to the fine persons I have met so recently, and with so much pleasure- Philip K Dick."

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Philip K. Dick's The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
11. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
Sold for: $1,137

Signed by Philip K. Dick on the title page.

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Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
12. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
Sold for: $1,000

First UK edition inscribed "To Angel & Chris - our Sister & Brother in Fullerton - Philip K. Dick 12/10/74"

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Solar Library by Philip K. Dick
13. Solar Lottery
Sold for: $1,000

First US hardcover edition of PKD's first book, one of 352 copies printed, this edition includes a new introduction by Thomas M. Disch. Solar Lottery was originally published by Ace paperbacks 1955 (shown here).

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Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick
14. Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick
Sold for: $995

Deluxe limited signed edition (82/100) produced in five volumes.

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Confessions of a Crap Artist by Philip K. Dick
15. Confessions of a Crap Artist
Sold for: $912

First edition, from a total printing of 500 copies, this numbered 90, and signed by the author. The only non-science fiction novel Dick published in his lifetime.

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