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Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1972. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Collects fifteen stories first published 1932-1946 by John W. Campbell, Harry Bates, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Alfred Bester, A. E. van Vogt, Clifford Simak, Fredric Brown, and others. Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-437.
London: Faber and Faber, . Octavo, cloth. First British (and first hardcover) edition. The continuing adventures of Jason DinAlt as he tries survive on the hostile planet Felicity. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-83. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 519-23.
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.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, . Octavo, cloth backed boards. First U. S. edition. Anglican clergyman uses magical Arabic ritual to kill a rival and unleashes ancient dark forces. "An interesting old-fashioned occult story in a well-rendered Victorian setting. Excellent use of period and ecclesiastical detail..." - Barron (ed), Horror Literature 4-139. "Basically 'Green Tea' in modern form." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 786. Reginald 07000.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, . Octavo, Illustration by Leonard Everett Fisher (jacket and title page), cloth. First edition. First serialized in Astounding magazine. "...Heinlein's knack for creating sociologically plausible cultures is well displayed." Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-85, 5-60. Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 363-68.
Indianapolis, IN: Popular Fiction Publishing Company, 1932-1936. Octavo, 26 issues, pictorial wrappers. The complete run Conan stories as they first appeared in 26 issues of Weird Tales. "[Robert E.] Howard is very nearly a major cultural figure. His influence on 20th century fantasy is simply inescapable. While he may have had his antecedents, he effectively created and defined the sword and sorcery story. His barbarian hero is a pop archetype, as instantly recognizable as Tarzan or Sherlock Holmes." - Darrell Schweitzer writing in The St. James Guide to Fantasy Writers (1996), pp. 292-293. The catalog consists of; 1932: December, "The Phoenix on the Sword,"; 1933: January, "The Scarlet Citadel," March, "The Tower of the Elephant," June, "Black Colossus," September, "The Slithering Shadow," October, "The Pool of the Black One,"; 1934: January, "Rogues in the House," April, "Shadows in the Moonlight," May, "Queen of the Black Coast," August, "The Devil in Iron," September, "People of the Black Circle (p. 1)," October, "People of the Black Circle (p. 2)," November, "People of the Black Circle (p. 3)," December, "A Witch Shall Be Born,"; 1935: March, "Jewels of Gwahlur," May, "Beyond the Black River (p. 1)," June, "Beyond the Black River (p. 2)," November, "Shadows in Zamboula," December, "The Hour of the Dragon (p. 1),"; 1936: January, "The Hour of the Dragon (p. 2)," February, "The Hour of the Dragon (p. 3)," March, "The Hour of the Dragon (p. 4)," April, "The Hour of the Dragon (p. 5)," July, "Red Nails (p. 1)," August-September, "Red Nails (p. 2)," October, "Red Nails (p. 3)."
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, . Octavo, boards. First combined edition. Collects three novels: ONE-MAN SHOW (1952), A COMEDY OF TERRORS (1940) and THE SECRET VANGUARD (1940).
New York: Davis Publications, Inc., 1977-78. Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. The first four issues of the digest sized science fiction magazine. Fiction by Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, John Varley, Joan Vinge, and others.
Chicago: Manvis Publications, Inc., 1937. Octavo, single issue, cover by J. W. Scott, pictorial wrappers. Pulp magazine. Feature novel "Roar of the Jungle" by Bob Byrd. Ka-Zar is a Tarzan imitator, a child lost in the Congo is raised by a lion. Tymm and Ashley, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction Magazines, pp. 368-369.
New York & Toronto: Rinehart & Company, Inc., 1956. Octavo, Hardcover. First edition. A Johnny Liddell hard boiled novel.
Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co., 1930. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-x [xi-xiv] 1-322, original decorated green cloth, front panel stamped in brown and blind, spine panel stamped in brown. First edition. First published as a six-part serial in Argosy, 2 August - 6 September 1930. The second of the three Grandon of Venus novels. Swordplay and fantastic adventure in an imitation of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1242. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 473. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 129. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 115. Reginald 08320.
New York: Rinehart & Company, Inc., 1955. Octavo, boards. First edition. The author's first novel, police mystery set in New York.
New York: Random House, . Octavo, jacket art by Richard Powers, boards. First edition. Murder mystery with a Hollywood setting. This is the first novel using the author's real name. His previous novels were written under the "Marco Page" pseudonym. His first book was FAST COMPANY was made into a feature film with Kurnitz writing the screenplay. He continued to work in Hollywood and wrote a number of scripts. Hubin, p. 478.
Royal Oak, MI: Haffner Press, 2010. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Collects the sixteen short stories from BYPASS TO OTHERNESS (Ballantine, 1961) and RETURN TO OTHERNESS (Ballantine, 1962). In addition eight more stories are included under the heading of "Detour to Otherness." Introduction by Robert Silverberg, afterword by Frederik Pohl.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, . Octavo, cloth backed boards. First edition. Hard boiled mystery novel.
Buxton: Wendigo, 1993. Octavo, photographs by Michael Patey-Ford, stiff pictorial wrappers. First edition. Collects the title story which won World Fantasy Best Novella award in 1994 and five others. "Memorably atmospheric stories that juxtapose simple smalltown lives with awesome supernatural horrors." - Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror 5-79.
New York: Del Rey, . Octavo, cloth backed boards. First edition. Sequel to HEIRO'S JOURNEY. Set in a post-apocalyptic future. See Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-631.
New York, Hagerstown, San Francisco and London: Harper & Row, Publishers, . Octavo, cloth backed boards. First edition. Collects eleven stories. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-163.
Sauk City: Arkham House: Publishers, 1963. Octavo, illustrated by Frank Utpatel, cloth. First edition. Lovecraft poetry collection which includes the Fungi From Yuggoth. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 6-36. Joshi I-A-35-a.
Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Publications, Inc., . Small octavo, cover by Stanley Zucherberg, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Gold Medal #k1302. Paperback original.
Chicago: Ziff-Davis Publishing Compnay, 1947. Octavo, single issue, pictorial wrappers. Pulp magazine. "Double Cross of Death" by William P. McGivern. Fiction by Nelson Bond, W.T. Ballard, and others.
London: John Spencer & Co. (Publishers) Limited, n.d., . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Badger Books SF 11. Bioengineered humans survive on Mars after the Earth has been destroyed by atomic war. The ancient native Martians who left their planet long ago return to reclaim their home world and exterminate the remnant of mankind. Now man must adapt again to return to their ruined Earth. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 114. Not in Brians. Reginald 09643.
London: Herbert Jenkins, n.d., [1920s]. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 1-316, original red pictorial red cloth, front, spine and rear stamped in black. Later U. K. edition. First published in the U. S. in 1918. Anthony Trent is a crime fiction writer who uses his knowledge to commit crime. First in a series. Though billed as a novel this seems more of a series of episodes. Hubin, p. 558. Queen, The Detective Short Story, p. 73.