Limited edition of Fahrenheit 451 was bound in asbestos so it wouldn't burnS

In 1953, Ballantine released a limited edition run of Ray Bradbury's book-burning novel Fahrenheit 451 that might survive a visit from the firemen. Two hundred numbered and signed copies of the book were bound in Johns-Manville Quinterra, a chrysolite asbestos material. The copies are much sought after by collectors; currently Abe Books has a copy for sale for $20,000. No word on whether owners of these editions have been at particularly high risk for lung cancer.

Limited edition of Fahrenheit 451 was bound in asbestos so it wouldn't burnS

Fahrenheit 451 isn't the only fire-retardant genre book; Stephen King had 26 copies of Firestarter bound in asbestos.

Images by BookBid on Abe Books. Copy pictured is for sale.

Ray Bradbury: Extremely Rare Signed First Edition of Fahrenheit 451 with Asbestos Boards [Heritage Auctions]
The Ray Bradbury Chronicles: Tribute to a Literary Legend [Abe Books]
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