Early printing of the 1988 UK first edition, first printing. Signed by Stephen Hawking. Publisher's original blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A lovely fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine original dustwrapper which is without fading, loss or tears. Not price-clipped (£14.95 net to the front flap).
The title page signed pre-2004 by Stephen Hawking by the way of an authorial thumbprint, next to which his personal assistant has inscribed in blue ink "Thumb print of / S. W. Hawking / Witnessed by / Susan Masey". A highly desirable signed copy of Professor Hawking's enormously influential book, a bestseller and the first to make quantum physics even vaguely accessible to the general reader. One of the greatest science minds in all of history, born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo's death, died on the anniversary of Einstein's birthday, his ashes interred at Westminster Abbey, next to Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
Stock code: 16246