New York: Ace Science Fiction Books, 1984. 8vo, 271 pp, perfect bound in wraps. Gibson's personal
copy, with his ownership signature and ex libris designation at title page, his library blindstamp,
and note in his hand which reads "Author's personal copy June 1984". Laid in is a folded publication
announcement. Housed in a gray cloth clamshell box with leather title label to spine.
The author's own copy of the uncorrected proof of his first novel, the cornerstone work of
cyberpunk, and the first novel to win the Philip K. Dick, Hugo, and Nebula awards. An eerily
prescient high point of post-war literature which each passing day becomes more relevant to our
age and perhaps the next.
There are two brief numeric annotations to the foreword in Gibson's hand, and within the text
there are 16 marks in red ink, mostly vertical margin links, but also one instance of a word being
circled and one passage underlined. A comparison with the regularly published edition shows no
differences in these annotated portions of the text when compared to the published edition, and the
meaning of these highlighted passages is unknown to us.
Provenance available upon request.