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Title: The Hard Problem

Author:  Tom Stoppard

ISBN:  9780571322954

Weight:  550g

Limited and signed first edition, first printing with slipcase




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The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard

Above all don’t use the word good as though it meant something in evolutionary science.

Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain-science institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet.  If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?

This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry.

Is the day coming when the computer and the MRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask?  Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Hard Problem
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition background: This deluxe special edition has a print run of only 105 copies.  One hundred copies, numbered 1 – 100, are for sale.  The other five copies, numbered I – V, are reserved for the author.
Limited edition: Yes – only 100 copies [the book has a limitation authentication page that confirms the book’s number]
Numbers: Choice of number – 75 or 76 [of 100]
Book features:

This cased and sewn book is quarter-bound, in the narrow Faber style, with light brown Bugra Bütten paper covering the 2mm-thick front and back panels.  (Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH manufactures this mould-made, wood and acid free paper with a laid, textured, Ingres surface.)

The spine covering is olive green Brillianta, which is foil-blocked in gold.  (Known for its colour consistency, Brillianta is a natural woven rayon cloth with an acid free paper lining from Wicotex, a brand of Winter & Company.)

The book’s text is printed on 90gsm Munken Premium Cream.  (Arctic Papers manufacture the Munken range of papers, with Premium Cream being a wood-free, uncoated paper with a natural surface that offers excellent readability.)

Endpapers are 135gsm green Bugra Bütten paper, while the dark green and cream head and tail bands come from the long-established British family firm of F J Ratchford.

Slipcase features: Made from 2mm-thick boards covered in olive green Brillianta cloth, to match the spine covering.
Overall condition: Presumed at least Fine / na / Fine [the book and slipcase come from the publisher sealed / wrapped in brown paper, which has a number label on the outside of the wrapping]
Signed: Yes – on the limitation authentication page
Book Stats
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date:
ISBN 13: 9780571322954
ISBN 10: 0571322956
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 77
Size (h x w x d): 214 x 134 x 23 (slipcase)

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