For Sale: Philip K. Dick's Bible!

Posted by Grey Monday, August 8, 2011

For six and a half grand, own sci-fi icon Philip K. Dick's bible complete with his "handwritten annotation".

This could an absolutely exhilarating piece of news for the selected few inexplicably wealthy Philip K. Dick fans out there.

Readily available at ebay, someone out there has apparently gotten hold of Philip K. Dick's personal bible, complete with his "handwritten annotation". With a "buying price" at $6,500, you can enjoy exclusive access into one of the greatest minds in sci-fi literature of our time. That is, provided that this is indeed a genuine item (if verification of that fact is attainable) and that you can figured out the scribbling.

Anyway, here's the description from the seller at ebay:

PHILIP K. DICK'S PERSONAL COPY OF THE BIBLE WITH HIS INSCRIPTIONS

In 1974, science fiction legend Philip K. Dick experienced a tremendous religious vision and revelation. Renowned cartoonist R. Crumb even illustrated this formative episode in Dick's life (The Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick, which you may find online). Others have written about Dick's religious transformation, but none, to my knowledge, has consulted this volume: Dick's inscribed copy of THE NEW ENGLISH BIBLE: NEW TESTAMENT (Oxford University Press, 1963). On the front flyleaf, Dick has made handwritten notations regarding the resurrection, gnosticism, and the casting out of devils. (I am reproducing this page only partially to prevent copying.) An extremely valuable Dick artifact, particularly given the cost of early Dick first editions; potentially a cornerstone in any Dick / science fiction collection. Provenance: Ex-Powers, ex-Lopez.

Condition: Slight spine cock, bookstore label, else very good.




For those interested in the Robert Crumb's work mentioned in the description, here's the link. In response to the somewhat ludicrous news, William Gibson himself has responded via his Twitter account:

I'll write some really crazy shit in your Bible for *five* grand. Paypal.

Now that's some bargain price less-wealthy fans of Dick's work might be interested in.

Source: ebay via iO9

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