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  • Masks [Lettered Issue] by Bradbury, Ray
    Bradbury, Ray
    Masks [Lettered Issue]

    First Edition

    (Colorado Springs): Gauntlet Press, 2008. 287 pages. Edited by Donn Albright. Masks was a novel Bradbury worked on in the last 1940s and early 1950s and then abandoned. He submitted a portion of the novel as part of a grant application; that draft forms the basis of this edition, with Albright editing together various fragments of surviving drafts. This collection also includes six short stories written at the same time but never before published: “Walker in the Night”, “The Drothldo”, “The Dancing Magician” (aka “Gallagher the Great”), “In the Eye of the Beholder”, “The Face of Natalie”, and “They Never Got Mad.”

    This lettered edition includes an alternate draft of “Walker in the Night” and another previously…

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    (Colorado Springs): Gauntlet Press, 2008. 287 pages. Edited by Donn Albright. Masks was a novel Bradbury worked on in the last 1940s and early 1950s and then abandoned. He submitted a portion of the novel as part of a grant application; that draft forms the basis of this edition, with Albright editing together various fragments of surviving drafts. This collection also includes six short stories written at the same time but never before published: “Walker in the Night”, “The Drothldo”, “The Dancing Magician” (aka “Gallagher the Great”), “In the Eye of the Beholder”, “The Face of Natalie”, and “They Never Got Mad.”

    This lettered edition includes an alternate draft of “Walker in the Night” and another previously unpublished story fragment, "A Study in Bronze." There are surprisingly few library holdings, with just 6 libraries listed on OCLC. The edition was limited to 552 copies, all signed by Bradbury. ISBN: 281AIB1040011.

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    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket, in a fine or near fine traycase. This is one of 52 lettered copies.

    Book ID: 202887
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  • A Medicine for Melancholy by Bradbury, Ray
    Bradbury, Ray
    A Medicine for Melancholy

    First Edition

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1959. 240 pages. Story collection by the author of Fahrenheit 451. ISBN: B0006AVWYC.

    First edition (first printing). Edges a bit worn, with front flap offset on front free endpaper, else a very good copy with crisp silver lettering and decoration on spine. In a dust jacket with some wear to edges and flap creases, and soiling to back cover, thus very good. Rear flap has reviews of Dandelion Wine and a short description of The Illustrated Man.

    Book ID: 148540
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  • Attention: S T Fiction, Occult & Rocketry Enthusiasts by Madole, James H.
    Madole, James H.
    Attention: S T Fiction, Occult & Rocketry Enthusiasts

    New York: (n.p.), (n.d. but late 1940s). A flyer announcing the formation of "a new national party," perhaps even before it was given its name, the National Renaissance Party (NRP). The NRP, founded in 1949, was a small, but influential neo-Nazi group (called the "most important" in the Encyclopedia of Right-wing Extremism). The group's leader, James Madole, was a science fiction fan and occultist with a deep interest in H. P. Lovecraft and Adolph Hitler.

    This call for supporters targeted a specific subgroup of either older or nerdier science fiction aficionados. STF (pronounced "stef") was short for "scientifiction," the term coined by Hugo Gernsback in 1915 to describe the genre later called science fiction. By the late…

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    New York: (n.p.), (n.d. but late 1940s). A flyer announcing the formation of "a new national party," perhaps even before it was given its name, the National Renaissance Party (NRP). The NRP, founded in 1949, was a small, but influential neo-Nazi group (called the "most important" in the Encyclopedia of Right-wing Extremism). The group's leader, James Madole, was a science fiction fan and occultist with a deep interest in H. P. Lovecraft and Adolph Hitler.

    This call for supporters targeted a specific subgroup of either older or nerdier science fiction aficionados. STF (pronounced "stef") was short for "scientifiction," the term coined by Hugo Gernsback in 1915 to describe the genre later called science fiction. By the late 1940s, STF was seldom used, except to refer to strongly science-based works.

    While the NRP would adopt a racist agenda, this flyer emphasizes the formation of "a scientific, advanced society" run by a technocratic Cultural Assembly of 100 men drawn from specialized councils devoted to specific areas of culture and the economy. Madole concludes the leaflet with "this is but a small portion of our new philosophy." The fascist credo would presumably be revealed later.

    Dick Eney, in his Fancyclopedia II (1960) offered a dismissive view of Madole. "Fans were to form the nucleus of this political party ... [It was] the last original stirring of the old save-the-world-by-political-action notion among fans... [Madole] is currently (1959) Führer of the National Renaissance Party, America's only for-real Fascist movement — not counting those like the American Nazi Party, whose 'fascism' is actually racism. The NRP's Bulletin carries the masthead-line "The Only Fascist Publication in America", and Madole still howls regularly up in Yorkville, NY, where there is still an audience for this sort of kookabooism." An extremely scarce and early NRP item. ISBN: 281AIB1028161.

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    A few tears and chips; insect residue in upper right. Printed on the back (verso) of a flyer for Anthony More's fantasy story collection, Puzzle Box, suggesting Madole's lack of resources. [JSP01; JHG2019]

    Book ID: 129003
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  • The Face [Numbered edition] by Koontz, Dean
    Koontz, Dean
    The Face [Numbered edition]

    First Edition

    New York: Charnel House, 2003. 554 pages. One of 500 signed, numbered copies (there were also 26 lettered copies). ISBN: 9780927389198.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued, in a matching slipcase. This copy has brown pencil lines in the margin of the title page and the two following pages. Signed by the author on the colophon pages. With a typed letter, signed, by Koontz laid in, donating this book to a charity auction.

    Book ID: 185259
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  • That Ghost, That Bride of Time [Regular 30-Line Issue] by Bradbury, Ray
    Bradbury, Ray
    That Ghost, That Bride of Time [Regular 30-Line Issue]

    First Edition

    [Los Angeles]: [Roy A. Squires], (1976). 16 pages. "Excerpts from a play-in-progress based on the Moby Dick mythology and dedicated to Herman Melville." Limited to 400 copies. While the signature on the title page looks very convincing, it is, in fact, printed and not hand-signed.

    There are two states of this book, one with 30 lines on page 9 and one with 31 lines (the remaining pages have 31 lines). The change has to do with the enjambment (look it up!) of two lines which makes it hard to determine which is the first or the preferred version, since the effect is simply different and not obviously right or wrong.

    In the publisher's Bulletin newsletter…

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    [Los Angeles]: [Roy A. Squires], (1976). 16 pages. "Excerpts from a play-in-progress based on the Moby Dick mythology and dedicated to Herman Melville." Limited to 400 copies. While the signature on the title page looks very convincing, it is, in fact, printed and not hand-signed.

    There are two states of this book, one with 30 lines on page 9 and one with 31 lines (the remaining pages have 31 lines). The change has to do with the enjambment (look it up!) of two lines which makes it hard to determine which is the first or the preferred version, since the effect is simply different and not obviously right or wrong.

    In the publisher's Bulletin newsletter for March 1976, Squires suggests that he made the change, rather than Bradbury. Squires writes, "Throughout any press-run the printer may be tempted to introduce typographic changes; few printers can be trusted invariably to resist those temptations."

    It appears that the 31-line version was used for about 250 copies, including the 150 signed subscriber's copies.

    It is impossible to say if Squires set page 9 with 31 lines initially and then changed his mind about the spacing and re-did it with 30 lines or if he discovered that he had set page 9 with only 30 lines and decided to change the spacing to make the page match the others.

    In any case, the unsigned 30- and 31-line copies seem to have roughly equal print runs. ISBN: 281AIB1040479.

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    First edition (first printing). Fine in wrappers (pamphlet binding), a near fine, unprinted dust jacket. Original envelope fine. Copy 287 of 400. While this is not one of the signed subscriber copies, Bradbury signed the book at the front.

    Book ID: 217938
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  • That Ghost, That Bride of Time [Signed, Subscriber's Issue] by Bradbury, Ray
    Bradbury, Ray
    That Ghost, That Bride of Time [Signed, Subscriber's Issue]

    First Edition

    [Glendale, CA]: [Roy A. Squires], (1976). 16 pages. "Excerpts from a play-in-progress based on the Moby Dick mythology and dedicated to Herman Melville." Limited to 400 copies. While the signature on the title page looks very convincing, it is, in fact, printed and not hand-signed. This is one of 150 subscriber's copies, signed by Bradbury on the final leaf. Page 9 of all the subscriber's copies examined have 31-lines (two issues of the regular issue have been identified, one with 30 lines and the other with 31). ISBN: 281AIB1040480.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Signed by Bradbury on the final leaf. With the original envelope.

    Book ID: 217937
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  • Lost in Time and Space with Lefty Feep: Eight Funny and Fanciful Fables of the Forties, Plus One Brand-New Parable of Modern Times (Volume 1) by Bloch, Robert
    Bloch, Robert
    Lost in Time and Space with Lefty Feep: Eight Funny and Fanciful Fables of the Forties, Plus One Brand-New Parable of Modern Times (Volume 1)

    First Edition

    Pacifica, CA: Creatures at Large, 1987. 258 pages. Deluxe edition. Edited by John Stanley. Cover design and sketches by Kenn Davis. ISBN: 9780940064027.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a dust jacket with a touch of edge wear, else fine. Inscribed by the author to his wife on the front free endpaper: "Robert Block to Elly Block with love from the author." In a fine slipcase. Copy number 167 of 250.

    Book ID: 184036
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  • The Diamond Lens and Other Stories by O'Brien, Fitz-James
    O'Brien, Fitz-James
    The Diamond Lens and Other Stories

    New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1932. Introduction by Gilbert Seldes. Illustrations by Ferdinand Huszti Horvath. 275 pages. One of 750 copies. O'Brien, a native of Ireland who died in 1862 of wounds received in the American Civil War, wrote a number of short stories with what are now science-fiction themes, including the title story of this collection, about a man who discovers a beautiful woman, visible only under a microscope. Also included here is What Was It?, an early example of invisibility in fiction; The Wondersmith, in which machines rebel. O'Brien's work was published in magazines during his lifetime and in book form, for the first time, in 1881. This is a nice illustrated edition from the early 20th century. ISBN: B000OKCXWY.

    A near fine hardcover copy in a very good dust jacket. The spine label appears to be slightly acidic and has caused the jacket to crack; now reinforced (and thus protected) with Japanese tissue on the jacket verso (back).

    Book ID: 147912
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  • The Stoker Winners: The Horror Hall of Fame [Lettered] by Lansdale, Joe R. (editor)
    Lansdale, Joe R. (editor)
    The Stoker Winners: The Horror Hall of Fame [Lettered]

    First Edition

    Baltimore: Cemetery Dance Publications, 2012. 336 pages. This anthology collects Bram Stoker Award-winning short stories and novellas from George R.R. Martin, Robert Bloch, Harlan Ellison, Jack Ketchum, Joe R. Lansdale, David Morrell, Alan Rodgers, and others. Illustrated by Alan M. Clark and Glenn Chadbourne. This is one of 52 lettered copies, signed by Lansdale. ISBN: 281AIB1041564.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Front jacket flap has small amount of residue from excess end-paper glue, otherwise fine. Traycase has small dent on rear edge, otherwise fine. Letter G of 52 signed by Lansdale.

    Book ID: 209179
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  • The Stickmen [Lettered Issue] by Lee, Edward
    Lee, Edward
    The Stickmen [Lettered Issue]

    First Edition

    Baltimore, MD: Cemetery Dance, 1999. 235 pages. A novel of extraterrestrials and government conspiracies. One of 52 lettered copies (there were also 1000 signed hardcovers). ISBN: 281AIB1044669.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket in a very near fine traycase with a few tiny nicks. This is letter L of 52 deluxe copies, signed by the author.

    Book ID: 229917
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  • The Innswich Horror [Signed & Lettered] by Lee, Edward
    Lee, Edward
    The Innswich Horror [Signed & Lettered]

    First Edition

    Baltimore: Cemetery Dance, 2010. 187 pages. First hardcover edition, one of 52 lettered copies (there were also 600 numbered copies). ISBN: 281AIB1044670.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Fine traycase. Copy EE of 52 deluxe copies signed by the author.

    Book ID: 229918
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  • That Ghost, That Bride of Time [Regular 30-Line Issue] by Bradbury, Ray
    Bradbury, Ray
    That Ghost, That Bride of Time [Regular 30-Line Issue]

    First Edition

    [Los Angeles]: [Roy A. Squires], (1976). 16 pages. "Excerpts from a play-in-progress based on the Moby Dick mythology and dedicated to Herman Melville." Limited to 400 copies. While the signature on the title page looks very convincing, it is, in fact, printed and not hand-signed.

    There are two states of this book, one with 30 lines on page 9 and one with 31 lines (the remaining pages have 31 lines). The change has to do with the enjambment (look it up!) of two lines which makes it hard to determine which is the first or the preferred version, since the effect is simply different and not obviously right or wrong.

    In the publisher's Bulletin newsletter…

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    [Los Angeles]: [Roy A. Squires], (1976). 16 pages. "Excerpts from a play-in-progress based on the Moby Dick mythology and dedicated to Herman Melville." Limited to 400 copies. While the signature on the title page looks very convincing, it is, in fact, printed and not hand-signed.

    There are two states of this book, one with 30 lines on page 9 and one with 31 lines (the remaining pages have 31 lines). The change has to do with the enjambment (look it up!) of two lines which makes it hard to determine which is the first or the preferred version, since the effect is simply different and not obviously right or wrong.

    In the publisher's Bulletin newsletter for March 1976, Squires suggests that he made the change, rather than Bradbury. Squires writes, "Throughout any press-run the printer may be tempted to introduce typographic changes; few printers can be trusted invariably to resist those temptations."

    It appears that the 31-line version was used for about 250 copies, including the 150 signed subscriber's copies.

    It is impossible to say if Squires set page 9 with 31 lines initially and then changed his mind about the spacing and re-did it with 30 lines or if he discovered that he had set page 9 with only 30 lines and decided to change the spacing to make the page match the others.

    In any case, the unsigned 30- and 31-line copies seem to have roughly equal print runs. ISBN: 281AIB1040479.

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    First edition (first printing). Fine in wrappers (pamphlet binding) a near fine, unprinted dust jacket. The jacket is tanned a bit from the non-archival envelope the book came in. Envelope very good. Copy 353 of 400. While this is not one of the signed subscriber copies, Bradbury inscribed this copy in the year of publication: "David--Christmas wishes 1976! from Ray Bradbury."

    Book ID: 204890
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  • That Ghost, That Bride of Time [Signed, Subscriber's Issue] by Bradbury, Ray
    Bradbury, Ray
    That Ghost, That Bride of Time [Signed, Subscriber's Issue]

    First Edition

    [Glendale, CA]: [Roy A. Squires], (1976). 16 pages. "Excerpts from a play-in-progress based on the Moby Dick mythology and dedicated to Herman Melville." Limited to 400 copies. While the signature on the title page looks very convincing, it is, in fact, printed and not hand-signed. This is one of 150 subscriber's copies, signed by Bradbury on the final leaf. Page 9 of all the subscriber's copies examined have 31-lines (two issues of the regular issue have been identified, one with 30 lines and the other with 31). ISBN: 281AIB1040480.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in wrappers (pamphlet binding) in a fine unprinted jacket. With the original envelope, tanned as usual. This is copy 48 of 150 signed by Bradbury. With the original mailing envelope, too. Like the other copies we have seen of the subscriber's issue, this has 31 lines on page 9.

    Book ID: 204891
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  • House Infernal [Lettered Issue] by Lee, Edward
    Lee, Edward
    House Infernal [Lettered Issue]

    First Edition

    Baltimore: Cemetery Dance, 2008. 477 pages. First hardcover edition. One of 52 lettered copies (there were also 1000 signed hardcovers). ISBN: 281AIB1044671.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Fine traycase. Copy EE of 52 signed by the author.

    Book ID: 229919
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  • The Mammoth Hunters by Auel, Jean M.
    Auel, Jean M.
    The Mammoth Hunters

    First Edition

    New York: Crown Publishers, 1985. 645 pages. The third volume in the Earth's Children series, set in the world of pre-historic humans. ISBN: 9780517556276.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed to the late evolulationary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, "Steven J. Gould, All my best, Jean M. Auel." An interesting association copy. About the time Auel published the first book in the Earth's Children series, Clan of the Cave Bear, Gould had written the introduction to another novel set among the Neanderthals, Dance of the Tiger by Bjorn Kurten. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 190963
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  • Dragonsong by McCaffrey, Anne
    McCaffrey, Anne
    Dragonsong

    First Edition

    New York: Atheneum, 1976. 202 pages. Illustrated with a black-and-white map of the fictional world of Pern. The first novel in the author's acclaimed Harper Hall trilogy. ISBN: 9780689305078.

    First edition (first printing). Small bump to top right corner affecting the first few pages else a fine copy; in a dust jacket with toning to the spine and edges thus near fine. In a custom made red cloth covered slip case.

    Book ID: 220363
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  • A Medicine for Melancholy by Bradbury, Ray
    Bradbury, Ray
    A Medicine for Melancholy

    First Edition

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1959. 240 pages. Story collection by the author of Fahrenheit 451. ISBN: B0006AVWYC.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. Jacket missing a 1/4-inch at the top of the spine (not affecting any text) and a few smaller pieces along the edges.

    Book ID: 202888
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  • That Ghost, That Bride of Time [Regular, 31-Line Issue] by Bradbury, Ray
    Bradbury, Ray
    That Ghost, That Bride of Time [Regular, 31-Line Issue]

    First Edition

    [Glendale, CA]: Roy A. Squires, 1976. 16 pages. "Excerpts from a play-in-progress based on the Moby Dick mythology and dedicated to Herman Melville." Limited to 400 copies. While the signature on the title page looks very convincing, it is, in fact, printed and not hand-signed.

    There are two states of this book, one with 30 lines on page 9 and one with 31 lines (the remaining pages have 31 lines). The change has to do with the enjambment (look it up!) of two lines which makes it hard to determine which is the first or the preferred version, since the effect is simply different and not obviously right or wrong.

    In the publisher's Bulletin newsletter…

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    [Glendale, CA]: Roy A. Squires, 1976. 16 pages. "Excerpts from a play-in-progress based on the Moby Dick mythology and dedicated to Herman Melville." Limited to 400 copies. While the signature on the title page looks very convincing, it is, in fact, printed and not hand-signed.

    There are two states of this book, one with 30 lines on page 9 and one with 31 lines (the remaining pages have 31 lines). The change has to do with the enjambment (look it up!) of two lines which makes it hard to determine which is the first or the preferred version, since the effect is simply different and not obviously right or wrong.

    In the publisher's Bulletin newsletter for March 1976, Squires suggests that he made the change and not Bradbury. Squires writes, "Throughout any press-run the printer may be tempted to introduce typographic changes; few printers can be trusted invariably to resist those temptations."

    It appears that the 31-line version was used for about 250 copies, including the 150 signed subscriber's copies.

    It is impossible to say if Squires set page 9 with 31 lines initially and then changed his mind about the spacing and re-did it with 30 lines or if he discovered that he had set page 9 with only 30 lines and decided to change the spacing to make the page match the others.

    In any case, the unsigned 30- and 31-line copies seem to have roughly equal print runs. ISBN: 281AIB1043205.

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    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Fine dust jacket and printed envelope. Signed by the author on the first blank.

    Book ID: 217940
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  • Entropy's Bed at Midnight [Presentation Copy] by Simmons, Dan
    Simmons, Dan
    Entropy's Bed at Midnight [Presentation Copy]

    First Edition

    Northridge, CA: Lord John Press, 1990. 35 pages. A short story that explores the many ways people die. "Death is a Pepsi truck with no place to go." Issued in an edition of 300 numbered and 100 deluxe copies, all signed by the author. ISBN: 281AIB1039971.

    First edition (first printing). A fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued. Fine slipcase. Signed by the author on the bastard-title. This copy has "Presentation Copy" printed on the colophon paper. This copy is bound like the issue of 300 but it is housed in a cloth-covered slipcase like the 100-copy deluxe issue.

    Book ID: 202729
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  • Through Darkest America (Isaac Asimov Presents) by Barrett, Neal Jr.
    Barrett, Neal Jr.
    Through Darkest America (Isaac Asimov Presents)

    First Edition

    New York: Congdon & Weed, 1986. 275 pages. Introduction by Isaac Asimov. A post-apocalyptic novel, one of Barrett's best-known works. ISBN: 9780865531840.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author, "For Tom, Neal Barrett Jr." Uncommon signed.

    Book ID: 219619
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