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Philadelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, . Octavo, cloth. First edition. A twenty-first century welfare dystopia where by the World Economic Council which supplies the basic needs of every individual as well as Reninase-17, an intelligence-stimulating drug which, in some cases, turns humans into mindless vegetables, in fewer cases into a super-genius: an R-Master. The WEC has created, not a utopia, but a perpetual prison for Mankind. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, pp. 348-9.
New York: Street & Smith Publications, Inc., 1946. Octavo, single issue, pictorial wrappers. Digest sized pulp magazine. "Se-Pah-Poo." "Doc Savage was intended to be an adventure character, but under Lester Dent's imaginative manipulations he became something more-the first superhero and an inspiration for countless pulp, comic-book, and television characters." - Cook, Mystery, Detective and Espionage Magazines, pp. 521-527. Tymm and Ashley, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction Magazines, pp. 183-185.
New York, NY: Street & Smith Publications, Inc., 1939. Octavo, single issue, cover by Emery Clarke, pictorial wrappers. Pulp magazine. "The Stone Man" by Kenneth Robeson. "Doc Savage was intended to be an adventure character, but under Lester Dent's imaginative manipulations he became something more-the first superhero and an inspiration for countless pulp, comic-book, and television characters." - Cook, Mystery, Detective and Espionage Magazines, pp. 521-527. Tymm and Ashley, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction Magazines, pp. 183-185.
London: S. H. Bousfield & Co., Ltd., n.d., . Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-224, five inserted plates with illustrations by Phil Ebbutt, one full-page map in the text, original pictorial tan cloth, front panel stamped in brown and black, spine panel stamped in brown. First edition. Biological science fiction telling of the creation of protoplasm by chemical means and the fate of the Prots, the life forms brought into being as a result of the experiments. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 632. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 73. Bleiler (1978), p. 64. Reginald 04553.
London: T.V. Boardman, 1959. Octavo, Hardcover. First British edition. Winner of the Edgar award for best novel; 1958. Barzun & Taylor: A CATALOGUE OF CRIME #1188.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, . Octavo, boards. First edition. Signed label by Farmer laid in. Second book of the "Riverworld" series, sequel to TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO (1971). See Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-393. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1809-16.
London: Scion Ltd., n.d., . Octavo, cover by Ronald Turner, pictorial wrappers. First edition. "A Scion Scientific Novel." "Deep in space a son is born to the Queen of Earth, while back on the politically unstable homeworld, an exact twin is created by synthesis, giving rise to interplanetary intrigue and adventure. An SF variant of Alexandre Dumas's THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK." - Harbottle and Holland. Harbottle and Holland A172.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, . Octavo, boards. First edition. The fourth Ben Helm, P.I. novel. Ben Helm was one of the few P.I. characters with a successful marriage. "Much of Fischer's work deals with shocking and gruesome crimes...his handling of this material is deft and restrained, with emphasis on detection and characterization rather than on the lurid aspects." - St. James Guide to Crime and Mystery Writers, pp. 350-51.
London: Michael Joseph, . Octavo, cloth. First edition. The story of a convoy during the Battle of the Atlantic during WW II. Filmed starring Tom Hanks, slated for release in 2020.
London: William Heinemann Ltd, . Octavo. [i-viii] 1-341 [342-344, blank], original green boards, spine stamped in gold. First edition. "A bitterly ironic story about an ineffectual schoolmaster whose mathematical genius leads him to construct a machine that will demagnetize iron at a distance." - Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 2-38. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3-19; (1981) 2-28; (1987) 2-32; and (2004) II-413. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 65. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 305. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 46. Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, p. 259. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 75. Reginald 05518.
Huntington Woods, MI: Phantasia Press, 1986. Cloth. First edition. One of 300 numbered copies signed by Foster. The final volume in the Spellsinger series.
[London]: Jonathan Cape and Hodder & Stoughton, . Octavo, boards. First edition. The third of the James Bond novels written by John Gardner.
London: Panther Books, . Octavo, cover by John Richards, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Panther No. 114. Third book of the "Resurgent Dust" trilogy. A remnant of mankind survives on Venus following a catastrophic atomic war on Earth which destroyed most life on the planet. Ultimately, the survivors rediscover science and emerge from a long dark age of superstition caused by fear of technology that resulted in mass destruction. In THE INDESTRUCTIBLE, a small exploring expedition is sent by spaceship from Venus to Earth which is ruled by the tyrannical "Overlord" and his telepathic henchmen. The Venusians and Earth's telepathic rebels defeat the Overlord and bring peace and freedom to the planet. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 91. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 246. Reginald 02497. Harbottle and Holland A54.
New York: Fawcett Gold Medal, . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First U.S. edition. Review slip laid in. Ancient Indian burial ground unearthed in Los Angeles reveals the bones of twin sisters, victims of a modern murderer.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, . Octavo, boards. First edition. Fourth volume in the Kinsey Millhone series.
New York: The John Day Company, . Octavo, boards. First U.S. edition. Novel of the famed race written by someone who has driven it.
Royal Oak, MI: Haffner Press, 2011. Octavo, cloth. First edition. One of 1,000 copies of the trade edition. This volume collects eighteen stories All first published in Weird Tales, Wonder Stories, Astounding and Amazing Stories from 1930 to 1932. Introduction by Mike Ashley. One hundred sixteen page Appendix with an illustration gallery, letter correspondence and reprints from magazine letter columns.
New York: The Vanguard Press, . Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-vi] vii-viii [9-10] 11-234 [235-238: blank] [note: last two leaves are blanks], original apple green cloth, front and spine panel stamped in black, top edge stained yellow, fore-edge untrimmed. First edition. The first of the three weird mystery novels featuring an old and somewhat mysterious scientist/detective who keeps bees in a rural Sussex village and calls himself Mr. Mycroft (in the Cassell edition it's Mr. Bowcross, "only one of my family names," which the retired Great Detective is now using "because my full name was once pretty widely known"). "When this novel was first published in 1941, it caused something of a stir. NEWSWEEK lauded it as "one of the ten best mysteries of all time." Such prominent Sherlockians and mystery fans as Vincent Starrett and Boris Karloff sang its praises, calling it "terrifying ... perfectly done" and " a triumph of ingenuity." To this day some aficionados consider it a classic." - Pronzini and Muller, 1001 Midnights, pp. 352-3. To be truthful, after this laudatory sentence, Bill Pronzini absolutely trashes Heard's novel, and this cataloguer has to agree that the narrator, Sydney Silchester -- Mycroft's unwilling companion, who just wants to be left alone to putter about in his garden and to indulge his taste for honey -- "is a twit, one of the dullest, most annoying protagonists the genre has yet produced." But he's so egocentric he's fun, and so is the book. Heard is "now remembered mostly for his delightful novel A TASTE OF HONEY ... Set in the British countryside, ably characterized, with a leisurely pace, it is perhaps the finest novel-length pastiche of Sherlock Holmes -- even though Holmes is not mentioned by name." - E. F. Bleiler, Lesley Henderson (ed.), Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers, Third Edition, p. 521. A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. The novel was the basis for "The Deadly Bees," a bad 1967 British horror film directed by Freddie Francis from a screenplay by Robert Bloch. Bleiler (1948), p. 146. Reginald 07007. Not in Bleiler (1978). Hubin (1994), p. 388.
Chicago: Shasta Publishers, . Octavo, illustrated by Hubert Rogers, cloth backed boards. First edition. One of the signed subscriber copies on inserted blank leaf. Part of Heinlein's "future history" series. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-514. See Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1645-54.
New York: William Morrow & Company, 1937. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-2] 3-276 [277-280: blank], original black cloth, front and spine stamped in red, top edge stained red, fore-edge rough cut. First edition. The author's third mystery novel. Features newspaperman Robin Bishop. "Between 1936 and 1946, Homes published 12 detective and suspense novels set primarily in the valleys and foothills of north-central California. Each is distinguished by clever plotting, semi-hard-boiled realism, fast-paced action, witty and remarkably good dialogue, and some of the finest and most vivid descriptive passages in mystery fiction."- Pederson (ed.): St. James Guide To Crime and Mystery Writers (4th ed.), p 533.
London: Chatto and Windus, 1939. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-270  [272: printers statement], original lavender cloth, spine stamped in white. First edition. The story of a British man who hunts a European dictator (read: Adolf Hitler), he gets the man in his cross hairs but does not shoot. He is captured, tortured, and escapes, back to England, where he is hunted by the dictator's secret agents. "This is a nightmarish novel, filled with breathless chases, fascinating detail work, and images that will haunt you for days after reading." - Pronzini and Muller, 1001 Midnights, The Aficionado's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction, pp. 382-384. Filmed in 1941 as Man Hunt with Walter Pidgeon, later filmed as a television movie.
[North Yorkshire, England]: Tartarus Press, 2003. Octavo, boards. First edition. Collects all of Howard's weird fiction.
West Kingston, Rhode Island: Donald M. Grant, Publisher, 1965. Octavo, cloth. First U. S. edition. First volume of the Breckinridge Elkins stories. The author's first book, first published in London by Herbert Jenkins Limited in 1937.
Monterey, CA: A Silver Scarab Publication, 1974. Octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Amateur Magazine devoted to dark fantasy. Includes an unpublished Robert E. Howard story, "The Black Bear Bites." Written around 1930-31 this is an early draft, the final draft lost after Howard's death (per Glenn Lord who provided this to the magazine.).