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New York: Ace Books, Inc., . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Ace Book F-178. Anthology of six stories. "Child of the Sun" by Leigh Brackett, "Sunrise on Mercury" by Robert Silverberg, "By the Name of Man" by John Brunner, "The Red Death of Mars" by Robert Moore Williams, "The Planet of Doubt" by Stanley G. Weinbaum" and "Tiger by the Tail" by Poul Anderson.
New York: Ace Books, . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Ace Books S-183. Collects six stories speculating on possible planetary catastrophes: "The Year of the Jackpot" by Robert A. Heinlein, "Last Night of Summer" by Alfred Coppel, "Impostor" by Philip K. Dick, "Rescue Party" by Arthur C. Clarke, "Omega" by Amelia Reynolds Long, and "In the World's Dusk" by Edmond Hamilton.
New York: The Macmillan Company. London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1902. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-xiii [xiv] 1-505 [505-510: ads], flyleaves at front and rear, original pictorial tan cloth, front and spine panels stamped in red, black and gold, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First edition. Wister, along with Zane Grey and Clarence Mulford, basically invented the modern western novel. His VIRGINIAN (1902) is generally regarded as the first cowboy novel. Dobie, p. 124. Reese Six Score 116. Smith, American Fiction 1901-125 W-789.
London: William Heinemann, 1896. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-v] vi-vii [viii-ix] x  2-219 [220: blank] [221: note] [222: printer's imprint] [223: ad] [224: blank] [note: leaf preceding half title leaf is a blank] + -page publisher's catalogue inserted at rear, inserted frontispiece (tissue guard missing), original pictorial light brown cloth, front panel stamped in red and black, spine panel stamped in black, publisher's monogram stamped in blind on rear panel. First edition. First binding with publisher's monogram in blind on rear cover. 32-page catalogue with page  headed "The Manxman" inserted at rear. "The most Swiftian -- and the most sustained -- of all Wells's science fiction satires ..." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, p. 1079-83. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-162; (1981) 1-172; (1987) 1-100; (1995) 1-100; and (2004) II-1228. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2327. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 798. Jones and Newman (eds), Horror: 100 Best Books 20. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 226. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 66. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 205. Reginald 15043. Currey, p. 520 (binding A., catalogue 2 [no priority established]). Hammond B3. Wells 7. Wells Society 8.
Hannover: Norddeutsches Druck- und Verlagshaus, 1928. Octavo, pp. [1-2] 3-30  [32: ads], original pictorial light gray-green wrappers printed in black, stapled. First edition, preceded by an offprint. A famous story first published as a six-part serial in six issues DER RAKETE (15 Juli --15 Dezember 1927) as "Die Fahrt ins All. Eine Kosmische Phantasie" (a 24-page paperbound offprint by Verlag "Die Rakete" titled AUF KUHNER FAHRT ZUM MARS. EINE KOSMISCHE PHANTASIE was done in 1927). The story was first published in English as "A Daring Trip to Mars," WONDER STORIES, July 1931. Tipped into this copy as a frontispiece is a photographic portrait of Valier, printed on a sheet of coated stock, captioned "Max Valier / Der Erfinder des Raketenantriebs" which is boldly signed by Valier below the caption [we believe these photographs were used by Valier for publicity purposes]. See Bloch (2002) 3187 (citing the 1927 offprint).
London: A. C. Fifield, 1910. Octavo, pp. [1-11] 12-190 [191-192: ads] + 16-page publisher's catalogue dated "March, 1910" inserted at rear, original pictorial navy blue cloth, front panel stamped in gold and light gray, spine panel stamped in gold, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. "Scientific romance utilizing occult doctrines in a novel manner. Russian savant detects and communicates with 'necromorphs,' human survivals who reveal a spiritual hierarchy in the Beyond roughly analogous to Hell, Limbo and Heaven. Ideas not original, but presentation strikingly so." - Robert Knowlton. "Cleverly narrated." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1617. "An original tale ... outstanding in content ..." - Teitler, Kaleidoscope Books (1986), catalogue 59, item 136. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 174. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 1259. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 216. Bleiler (1978), p. 197. Reginald 14390.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1923. Octavo, pp. [1-6] [1-2] 3-333 [334: blank], original brown cloth, front panel ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Interlocking sequence of macabre mysteries, involving vampirism, metempsychosis and cursed gems, in addition to the usual murder and mayhem. Clearly influenced by Robert Louis Stevenson's NEW ARABIAN NIGHTS (1882), with most supernatural elements being rationalized at denouement. Episodic, but cleverly constructed, with good weird atmosphere. Bleiler (1978), p. 197. Reginald 14374.
London: R. A. Everett & Co., Ltd., 1903. Octavo, pp. [1-9] 10-293 [294-296: ads] + 32-page undated publisher's catalogue inserted at rear, inserted frontispiece, original pictorial red cloth, front cover stamped in light green, black and white, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. A collection of occult detective stories. "Fourteen connected stories of the weird and supernatural, narrated in the first person, written in a sentimental and unsophisticated manner reminiscent of a generation earlier, with story titles such as 'The Speaker and the Spectre,' 'A Singular Case of Somnambulism,' 'The Ghost in the Violin' and 'Interviewing the Mummies.' A prize for the connoisseur more than the general reader, though not quite as desirable as this publisher's other 1903 title, DACOBRA." - Robert Eldridge. "Series of fourteen episodes of mystery and crime, in which one of the central characters, running through the series, has supernatural powers (which include the ability to give his 'thought-body' visible substance)." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 212. Bleiler (1978), p. 193. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Hubin (1994), p. 798.
New York: The Macaulay Company, . Octavo, pp. [3-10] 11-250 [251-258: blank] [note: last four leaves are blanks; text complete despite gap in pagination], original blue-gray cloth, front and spine panels stamped in yellow. First edition. "Weird mystery thriller of the 'Yellow Peril' ilk; the Tao Tong kills inconvenient parties with 'zoospores of the banner fungus,' which breed in the bloodstream and leave them 'solid with this yellow growth!' Rud is also noted for his early WEIRD TALES story 'Ooze' (1923), and another mystery, HOUSE OF THE DAMNED (1934), inducted by Bill Pronzini into 'The Alternate Hall of Fame' in SON OF GUN IN CHEEK. His thrillers are entertainingly awful, filled with character grotesques and absurd situations." - Robert Knowlton. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 157. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 1033. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 186 and A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 149. Bleiler (1978), p. 171. Reginald 38043. Hubin (1994), p. 706.
[New York]: The Macmillan Company, . Octavo, boards. First edition, variant with purple top edge stain. Third Alan Grofield novel.
London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1897. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-viii  2-245 [246: printer's imprint] [247-248: ads] [note: first leaf is a blank preceding half title leaf], title page printed in orange and black, original pictorial red cloth, front panel stamped in black and gold, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. "Amoral scientist discovers invisibility, but even this fails in the face of invincible obtuseness and cruelty of petty bourgeois England. Brilliant idea, memorable scenes, and vigorous chase-plot in an ambiguous (and scientifically impossible) tale." - Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 70. Adapted into several films and television shows. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-163. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2330. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 797. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 226. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1057-61. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 205. Reginald 15039. Currey, p. 520. Hammond B4. Wells 11. Wells Society 11.
Indianapolis: The Bowen-Merrill Company, . Octavo, pp. [1-10] 1-312, twelve inserted plates with illustrations by E. Hering, title page printed in black and red, original pictorial cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind. First edition, first binding with "Bowen / Merrill" at base of spine panel, variant with moon gold stamped and author and title blind stamped on front panel. Preceded the British edition by approximately one month. The two editions have minor textual differences. "... a gripping adventure story as well as a historic milestone in modern science fiction." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 782-86. "The last and most complex [of Wells's early scientific romances] is THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON. The two first men, Bedford and Cavor are well-contrasted, the civilization of the Selenites is excellent both as horror and satire; and the novel abounds with wonderful passages of unforced description at which Wells is unrivaled ... This lovely book also contains much of Wells's delightful humor; it has kept the joints of his discourse oiled to this day. After THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON, Wells's science fiction novels are never quite the same." - Bleiler (ed), Science Fiction Writers, p. 28. Adapted into a feature film. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-166; (1981) 1-175; (1987) 1-98; and (1995) 1-98. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2335. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 795. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 206. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 226. Locke, Voyages in Space 208. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1177. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, pp. 123-24. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 205. Reginald 15026. Currey, p. 518 (binding A).
New York: Scribner, Armstrong, & Co., 743-745 Broadway, 1876. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii-x [xi] xii-xiv [xv] xvi-xviii [xix] xx [xxi] xxii [xxii] xxiv [1-2]  2-310 [1-2]  2-304 [1-2]  2-299 [300: blank] [301-304: ads], fly leaves at front and rear, 149 full-page illustrations by J. Ferat (integral to text leaves, not inserted plates, but not reckoned in the pagination), original pictorial green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold, rear panel stamped in blind, yellow endpapers. First combined edition. An authorized edition of DROPPED FROM THE CLOUDS, the first part of THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, was first published in book form in the fall of 1874 by Scribner, Armstrong as THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND ... WRECKED IN THE AIR to compete with a pirated edition published at or about the same time by Henry L. Shepard as THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND. PART FIRST, SHIPWRECKED IN THE AIR. In September 1875 Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle published THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND in three volumes subtitled DROPPED FROM THE CLOUDS, ABANDONED and THE SECRET OF THE ISLAND. In November 1875 Scribner, Armstrong brought out their uniform three-volume edition, printed in Boston using Sampson Low plates. Sometime before 31 March 1876 Scribner, Armstrong published their combined edition, which sold for $3.00, half the cost of the three-volume set. Three other combined editions of THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, all unauthorized, were published in 1876: a 650-page edition with 24 illustrations produced by Donnelly, Loyd and Company of Chicago; an abridged translation by Hawley Lee which had been serialized in AMERICAN HOMES, published by "Household Words" Publishing Company of Boston; and an abridged translation by Stephen W. White that had been published in THE EVENING TELEGRAPH was published in book form by the newspaper as a 25¢ paperback. The priority of these 1876 combined editions has not been established, but this Scribner, Armstrong edition is the more elaborate and less common of the four. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2234. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 767. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 19. Bleiler (1978), p. 199. Reginald 14634. Myers 42 ("a very rare edition!"). Taves and Michaluk V013.
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, late Ticknor and Fields, and Fields, Osgood, and Co., 1873. Octavo, pp. [i-iii] iv [v] vi-viii [ix-xi] xii-xvi  2-315 [316: blank], fly leaves at front and rear, 54 inserted plates with illustrations by A. de Neuville and L. Benett, plus one small illustration by Benett in the text and an integral full-page sketch of the "Saint Michael" [sic, i.e. Michel] drawn by Verne, original pictorial bevel-edged green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and black, rear panel stamped in blind, brown coated endpapers, all edges plain. First fully illustrated U.S. edition. A translation of LE TOUR DU MONDE EN QUATRE-VINGTS JOURS (1873), Verne's most popular novel. In the summer of 1873 Osgood published their first edition, THE TOUR OF THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, in a small pocket-sized format with a single illustration (Verne's sketch of his yacht, the "Saint Michel"). The first fully illustrated English-language edition was published in London by Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle in November 1873. In November or December 1873 Osgood published their second edition of the novel which was printed in London by Gilbert and Rivington from the plates of the British Sampson Low's 1873 edition. The Sampson Low and Osgood editions were reprinted with title pages dated 1874. The 1873 printings are very scarce. The book "seems to have had production problems that caused the spine to crack and chip when the book was read; consequently no 1873 copies have been seen in better than good condition." - Arthur B. Edwards, "Collecting Jules Verne," Firsts, VI: 7-8 [July-August 1996], p. 42. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-154 and (1981) 1-165. Clareson, Science-Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 762. Reginald 14648. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Myers 54. Taves and Michaluk V011.
Chicago: R. R. Donnelley & Sons, Publishers, 1884. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-557 [558: ads] [559-560: blank] [note: fourth leaf of first gathering is excised by binder; first and last leaves are blanks], 47 full-page illustrations (artist not credited), original pictorial purple cloth stamped in black and silver, light blue endpapers. First edition? Glover and Greene cite an 1884 edition published in Chicago by Henry A. Sumner & Co. Wright cites this 1884 Donnelley edition. Copyright notice reads "Copyright 1882, by / Donnelley, Loyd & Co., / Chicago. / Copyright 1884, by / R. R. Donnelley & Sons, / Chicago." Earliest listing in the American Catalogue is the 1884 Donnelley edition, but the novel may have appeared earlier in a paperbound subscription library series, possibly under the Loyd imprint as per Hubin. Detective thriller featuring Neil J. Bathurst, private investigator. Wright (III) 5644 (listing this 1884 edition). Glover and Green, Victorian Detective Fiction 315 (listing a Chicago 1884 edition with the imprint of Henry A. Sumner & Co.). Hubin (1994), p. 518.
New York: George H. Doran Company, . Octavo, pp. [1-10] 11-318 [319-320: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First U. S. edition. Mixed collection of short fiction including some supernaturalism and crime. Part of a series of books collecting stories about Joe Quinney, a crafty English dealer in art and antiques with "the wisdom of the serpent and the unwavering determination to come out on top." Sequel to QUINNEYS' (1914), a very popular book upon which a four-act play was based. Bleiler (1978), p. 197. Hubin (1994), p. 816.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1934. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-2] 3-372 [373-376: blank] [note: first and last two leaves are blanks], original decorated black cloth, front panel stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, running Borzoi stamped in blind on rear panel, top edge stained red, fore-edge untrimmed, bottom edge rough trimmed. First U.S. edition. First publication of Traven's own English-language translation of DAS TOTENSCHIFF (1926), his first novel. The novel was first published in English by Chatto & Windus, utilizing an English text prepared by Eric Sutton. The UK edition preceded Knopf's edition by several months, but the first American edition, with text translated and revised by Traven, is the preferred version of the novel.
London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1954-1955. Octavo, three volumes, original red cloth, spine panels stamped in gold, top edges stained red. First editions, first impressions, second state of volume three with no signature mark present on page 49. Comprises THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (1954), THE TWO TOWERS (1954) and THE RETURN OF THE KING (1955). 3000, 3250, and 7000 copies printed respectively. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-40. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1606, 1607, and 1608. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 76. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 16. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 897-915. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, pp. 193-96. Hammond and Anderson A5.a.i-iii.
New York: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1903. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-2] 3-294 [295-305: ads] [306-308: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original decorated green cloth, front, rear and spine panels stamped in blind, printed label affixed to spine panel, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First edition. Basis for the 1959 Walt Disney Productions film "Darby O'Gill and the Little People," starring Sean Connery. This 1903 McClure, Phillips edition preceded the 294-page Reilly & Lee edition (published after 11 January 1919 when Reilly & Britton became Reilly & Lee), which added a frontispiece with illustration by John R. Neill, and is sometimes incorrectly termed the first edition. The McClure, Phillips edition is a very scarce book in the trade. Bleiler (1978), p. 191. Reginald 14018. Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 T-107.
Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons Ltd., 1912. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-187 [188: printer's imprint], original pictorial blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First edition. A collection of nine ghost stories dedicated to Swain's longtime friend M. R. James. "... Swain's tales share many features with those of James' and draw on the friends' common interests and antiquarian studies. They are however rather milder in tone and regularly incorporate a playful humour not often found in James' work. The tales relate the adventures of a fictionalized version of the author, Mr Batchel, Rector of Stoneground parish. Although by today's standards, readers may find Swain's stories rather lacking in supernatural horrors, their subtle qualities become apparent on re-reading, and many find Mr Batchel one of the most enduring creations of English ghost fiction." - Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 468. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 170. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-193. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1571. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 209. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 419. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-238. Bleiler (1978), p. 190. Reginald 13908.
London: Howard Latimer, Ltd., 1913. Octavo, original black cloth, front panel stamped in red, spine panel in red and gold, bottom edge rough trimmed. First edition in English. Novel of contemporary life in Stockholm, with allusions to absinth, artists and nihilists (though this is a 'serious' rather than a sensation novel). "Strindberg is remembered today mainly for his plays (such as 'Miss Julie' and 'The Ghost Sonata') but he wrote both fiction and nonfiction voluminously: his collected works in Swedish fill fifty-five volumes. A prototype of the tormented genius, his life twisted by poverty, alcoholism, insanity and romantic misery, he joins Ibsen and Ingmar Bergman to form a trio of Swedes who, like some Norse giants of old, could hold volcanic energies inside icy containers." - Robert Eldridge. "... some good judges consider his novels and short stories -- for example THE RED ROOM ('Roda Rummet'), MARRIAGE ('Giftas'), and THE PEOPLE OF HEMSO ('Hemsoborna') -- better than his plays." - L. J. Potts, Translator's Note to TALES (1930).
Reading: Fantasy Press, 1948. Octavo, cloth. First edition, first binding. Signed inscription by Williamson on the half title page. Classic novel of a werewolf species, Homo Lycanthropus. "...the narrative is gripping and the imagery very effective." - Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-214. "This...may be Williamson's finest work, a pioneering effort to "supernatural" phenomena, in this case lycanthropy, a scientific rationale." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1256. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1720. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 58. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 4. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 1131. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-231. In 333.
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1929. Octavo, cloth. First edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Visiak to H. Millar dated September 1932. "Visiak is now remembered by macabre enthusiasts for his genuinely original novel MEDUSA (1929). A weird story of a voyage to unknown waters, it earned a dreadful review from the LONDON TIMES when it first appeared, which helped it sink without a trace (the same paper forty years later in Visiak's obituary referred to the book as 'a tour-de-force')" - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 444. MEDUSA "is a hard to categorize as Lindsay's A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS (1920). The tale moves gradually, in a slow crescendo, from its beginnings in a normal-seeming nineteenth-century England through adventures at sea and finally into a literal pit of fantasy -- a vast circular hole occupied by the eponymous sea monster which eats sexually aware men alive. The protagonist is a young boy who remains sexually innocent, though haunted by other guilts: he survives while his companions perish." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 987. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-352. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1636. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 219. Bleiler (1978), p. 200. Reginald 14688.
Reading: Fantasy Press, 1948. Octavo, cloth. First edition. One of 500 numbered copies signed by Williamson. Classic novel of a werewolf species, Homo Lycanthropus. "...the narrative is gripping and the imagery very effective." - Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-214. "This...may be Williamson's finest work, a pioneering effort to "supernatural" phenomena, in this case lycanthropy, a scientific rationale." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1256. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1720. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 58. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 4. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 1131. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-231. In 333.