New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1978. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's taupe cloth, spine gilt, original pictorial dust jacket.
First edition of Sontag's classic essay on the use of metaphor in the cultural and political imagination as a means of stigmatizing those with cancer and, before that, tuberculosis, written while she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. "Trying to comprehend 'radical' or 'absolute' evil, we search for adequate metaphors. But the modern disease metaphors are all cheap shots...Only in the most limited sense is any historical event or problem like an illness." Originally given as a lecture at NYU in 1977, and published across three issues of the New York Review of Books in early '78. Sontag died of leukemia in '04. Early owner inscription to front free endpaper, small ink notation to rear free endpaper. Light edgewear and toning to unclipped dust jacket. Very good. Item #247