A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick - Numbered Edition

A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick - Numbered Edition

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Razor sharp in its depiction of drug-induced paranoia and madness, A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick is as unnerving as it is riveting.

Set in a dystopian Orange County, California, in the then-future of June 1994, Substance D is the most toxic drug to ever find its way onto the streets. The drug destroys the links between the brain’s two hemispheres, causing, first, disorientation, and then irreversible brain damage. Bob Arctor is an undercover narcotics agent desperate to discover the ultimate source of supply, but to find any kind of lead he has to pose as a user, and inevitably, become one as addicted as those he works among.

First published in 1977, A Scanner Darkly received the 1978 BSFA Award for Best Novel, and the Graouilly d’Or Award upon the novel’s 1979 publication in France. In 2006,  writer/director Richard Linklater shot a live-action film, starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, and Winona Ryder, and then animated over the underlying images creating an eerily lifelike and richly detailed animated film adaptation.

A Scanner Darkly is steeped in an insider’s knowledge of 1960s drug culture. Philip K. Dick once stated of the novel, “Everything in A Scanner Darkly, I actually saw.” Based largely on his own experiences and the many friends he met and lost along the way, A Scanner Darkly is Philip K. Dick’s deeply personal exploration on the fragility of identity, how we choose to define ourselves, and how easily that definition can be altered and obliterated.

The limited edition of A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist Gift editions. 


  • 6” x 9” trim size.
  • 320 Pages.
  • Limited to 250 copies.
  • Quarter goatskin binding with illustrated sides.
  • New exclusive introduction by Carrie Vaughn.
  • Six full color illustrations by Vanessa Lemen.
  • Signed by Carrie Vaughn and Vanessa Lemen.
  • Printed offset on Cougar Natural.
  • Endsheets are Hahnemühle Bugra.
  • Housed in a two-piece capped slipcase, covered in embossed suede and pearlescent cloth.
  • Bookmark with all pre-orders.

Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Artwork © 2020 by Vanessa Lemen.
* 5% non-refundable processing fee applies on installment plans.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Tim Stevenson (desert flower)
One of the Finest.

The suede-like slipcase is just awesome, the cover illustration and cover in general is among the best designs in my humble opinion.
Truly one of the finest numbered editions, love the tactile elements, the paper, the text is smooth and sleek, the leather and, also the art, hard (but not impossible) to beat.

R.J. Huneke
One Of The Finest Books In My Collection

The A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick Numbered Edition Is One Of The Finest Books In My Collection. The art by Vanessa Lemen and every facet of the design exudes the impactful, unique, and breathtaking classic by PKD.

Worth the wait

Wow! Now this is what a Suntup Edition is really about. EVERYTHING about it is on another level…the quarter leather spine, the board illustration!, the textured feel of the endsheets!!, the slipcase!!! This is a 6 Star Review!

Joseph Manning

There was production problems in the making of this work of art but but the SUNTUP production team persevered and the end result was amazing with the texture of the slipcase a joy to touch, sublime endpapers and detail that pales to no one. Another welcome addition to the SUNTUP canon!!

Feeling Great About This Edition

I absolutely love this edition of Scanner! The enclosure is amazing with the faux sued that feels unbelievable! The picture defy description and the quality of the binding is above and beyond! A wonderful addition to my collection!