My Updated Books Wanted List

I may have mentioned that I have a large library. I started out collecting first edition hardbacks of “hypermodern” (which in my case meant “post-Neuromancer“) science fiction (with some fantasy and horror works and authors thrown in for good measure), and once I had collected everything I wanted there, I started going after every important post-World War II SF work, toward which I’m making significant progress. Hence this list of books I’m still looking for.

By and large, I don’t buy later printings, copies without dust jackets, copies with price-clipped dust jackets (unless all copies of the true first edition were released that way), copies with facsimile dust jackets, or overly crummy copies. Most of the books I buy are in Fine/Fine condition, but that relaxes a bit the older (and pricier) books become. I have picked up Ex-Library copies in dust jacket when the better copies of the true first can’t be found under a grand. I also only buy first state bindings and dust jackets, unless there’s no priority, or the true first state is insanely rare (such as with Stanley G. Weinbaum’s Dawn of Flame).

With that in mind, I compiled a list of first editions on my want list, so here’s a significant portion of that list (omitting things available relatively cheap, or hideously expensive), listed alphabetically by author. I also put down all the Manly Wade Wellman and Jack Vance books I was looking for, since I have so many I was having a hard time keeping track of what I had and what I was still missing.

  • Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Arthur Baker)
  • Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot (Gnome Press)
  • J. G. Ballard’s Crash (Cape)
  • J. G. Ballard’s The Drowned World (Gollancz)
  • Alfred Bester’s Tiger! Tiger! (Sidgwick & Jackson)
  • James Blish’s A Case of Conscience (Faber & Faber)
  • Robert Bloch’s The Opener of the Way (Arkham)
  • Philip K. Dick’s Dr. Bloodmoney (Gregg Press)
  • Philip K. Dick’s Counter-Clock World (White Lion)
  • Philip K. Dick’s Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said (Doubleday)
  • Philip K. Dick’s A Handful of Darkness (Rich & Cowan, 1st state in blue boards stamped in silver, in first state dj (no mention of World of Chance))
  • Philip K. Dick’s The World Jones Made (Sidgwick & Jackson)
  • Philip K. Dick’s World of Chance (Rich and Cowan)
  • Harlan Ellison’s The Fantasies of Harlan Ellison (Gregg Press)
  • Robert A. Heinlein’s Between Planets (Scribner’s, unclipped $2.50 dj)
  • Robert A. Heinlein’s Beyond This Horizon (Fantasy Press)
  • Robert A. Heinlein’s The Door Into Summer (Doubleday)
  • Robert A. Heinlein’s Farmer in the Sky (Scribner’s)
  • Robert A. Heinlein’s Glory Road (Putnam)
  • Robert A. Heinlein’s Methuselah’s Children (Gnome, 1st state binding, 1st state dj)
  • Robert A. Heinlein’s The Puppet Masters (Doubleday)
  • Robert A. Heinlein’s Red Planet (Scribner’s)
  • Robert A. Heinlein’s Rocket Ship Galileo (Scribner’s, unclipped $2.00 dj)
  • Robert A. Heinlein’s The Star Beast (Scribner’s, unclipped $2.50 dj)
  • Robert A. Heinlein’s The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag (Gnome)
  • Robert A. Heinlein’s Waldo & Magic Inc. (Doubleday)
  • Robert E. Howard’s The Coming of Conan (Gnome Press)
  • Robert E. Howard’s The Dark Man (Arkham House)
  • Robert E. Howard’s Skull-Face and Others (Arkham House)
  • R. A. Lafferty’s Horns on Their Head (Pendragon Press HB)
  • R. A. Lafferty’s Funnyfingers & Cabrito (Pendragon Press HB)
  • Joe R. Lansdale (as Ray Slater)’s Texas Night Riders (Chivers)
  • Fritz Leiber’s Two Sought Adventure (Gnome)
  • Fritz Leiber’s The Secret Songs (Rupert Hart-Davis)
  • H. P. Lovecraft’s The Outsider and Others (Arkham House)
  • Richard Matheson’s Born of Man and Woman (Chamberline Press)
  • Richard Matheson’s The Shrinking Man (David Bruce and Watson)
  • Chad Oliver’s Another Kind (Ballantine HB)
  • Chad Oliver’s Shadows in the Sun (Ballantine HB)
  • Mervyn Peake’s Titus Groan (Eyre & Spottiswoode)
  • Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast (Eyre & Spottiswoode)
  • Mervyn Peake’s Titus Alone (Eyre & Spottiswoode)
  • Jack Vance’s Araminta Station (Underwood Miller)
  • Jack Vance’s The Deadly Isles (Bobbs-Merrill)
  • Jack Vance’s The Dragon Masters (Dennis Dobson)
  • Jack Vance’s Ecce and Old Earth (Underwood Miller)
  • Jack Vance’s Four Men Called John (Gollancz)
  • Jack Vance’s The Houses of Iszm (Underwood Miller)
  • Jack Vance’s The House on Lily Street (Underwood Miller)
  • Jack Vance’s The Eyes of the Overworld (Gregg Press)
  • Jack Vance’s The Last Castle (Underwood Miller)
  • Jack Vance’s The Many Worlds of Magnus Ridolph (Dennis Dobson)
  • Jack Vance’s Monsters in Orbit (Dennis Dobson)
  • Jack Vance’s Seventeen Virgins/A Bagful of Dreams (Underwood Miller HB)
  • Jack Vance’s Showboat World (Underwood Miller)
  • Jack Vance’s Son of the Tree (Underwood Miller)
  • Jack Vance’s Strange Notions/The Dark Ocean (Underwood Miller)
  • Jack Vance’s To Live Forever (Ballantine Books HB)
  • Jack Vance’s Vandals of the Void (Winston)
  • Jack Vance (as Alan Wade)’s Take My Face (Mystery House)
  • Jack Vance (as Peter Held)’s Isle of Peril (Mystery House)
  • Stanley G. Weinbaum’s A Martian Odyssey and Others (Fantasy Press)
  • Manly Wade Wellman’s Carolina Pirate (Washburn)
  • Manly Wade Wellman’s Clash on the Catabwa (Washburn)
  • Manly Wade Wellman’s The Ghost Battalion (Washburn)
  • Manly Wade Wellman’s Gray Riders (Aladdin)
  • Manly Wade Wellman’s Haunts of Drowning Creek (Holiday House)
  • Manly Wade Wellman’s Jamestown Adventure (Washburn)
  • Manly Wade Wellman’s Mystery at Bear Paw Gap (Washburn)
  • Manly Wade Wellman’s Napoleon of the West (Washburn)
  • Manly Wade Wellman’s The South Fork Rangers (Washburn)
  • Manly Wade Wellman’s The Specter of Bear Paw Gap (Washburn)
  • Gene Wolfe’s The Grave Secret (Portentous Press chapbook)
  • Gene Wolfe’s The Old Woman Whose Rolling Pin Was the Sun (Cheap Street chapbook)
  • Roger Zelazny’s Damnation Alley (Putnam)
  • If you have nice copies any of the above, and if you’re willing to sell it to me considerably cheaper than can be found on, drop me an email at and I’ll consider it.

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    3 Responses to “My Updated Books Wanted List”

    1. boredsilly says:

      Take a look here, there is an auction on at the moment for a scifi lot containing 1st editions, cover prints and assorted bits a pieces.

    2. Lawrence Person says:

      I did see that the Jerry Weist auction was coming up, and I will be putting a few bids…

    3. […] I’m in the process of acquiring a complete collection of Philip K. Dick’s first editions in hardback, including those books first published as paperback originals. Some of these are fairly hard to find, among them the UK White Lion edition of Counter Clock World. It came out in 1977, preceding the Gregg Press hardback by two years. I finally found an acceptable Ex-Library copy I could afford, thanks to a private seller who contacted me about after seeing it on my books wanted list. […]

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