Posts Tagged ‘book’

Library Addition: Henry Kuttner First Signed to Robert Bloch

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

I try to collect at least one signature for every writer I seriously collect. I have signatures for H. G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Tom Reamy, to name a few.

I also have a few books signed by C. L. Moore, but not (until this item) any by her husband, Henry Kuttner, who were both behind the Lewis Padgett pseudonym. Kuttner, a first rate writer, died in 1958, and works signed by him seldom come on the market. However, I found the following first edition online, and not only is it signed, it’s an inscribed association copy.

Padgett, Lewis (Henry Kuttner and possibly C.L. Moore). The Brass Ring. Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1946. First edition hardback, a Very Good+ copy, with uneven fading to the spine (looks to be lightening in relation to the dust jacket) and age darkening to pages, in a Good+ dust jacket with a 1″ chip to bottom front and 1/4″ chipping at head and heel. Not a great copy, but it does have a great inscription on the front free endpaper: “For Bob —/In memory of a happy childhood at the old Basutoland reformatory,/now dust./Hank/(“Lewis Padgett”)”. It also has Bloch’s signature at the top of the page. Currey, page 291 (which says this was in collaboration with C. L. Moore). Hubin, Crime Fiction: 1749—1980, page 309 (which credits this to Kuttner alone). Bloch and Kuttner were friends and collaborators, making this a very important association copy from one SF giant to another. Bought, after much haggling, for $500 from a dealer online.

Brass Ring cover


The Top Ten Books on my “Books Wanted” List

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

I may have mentioned that I have a large library. I started out collecting “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. That collection is by no means complete, but I’ve made considerable progress toward it.

With that in mind, I recently compiled a list of the top ten hardback first editions on my (considerably larger) want list that I was most interested in picking up. Here it is:

  1. James Blish’s A Case of Conscience (Faber & Faber)
  2. Robert E. Howard’s The Sword of Conan (Gnome Press)
  3. Robert E. Howard’s The Coming of Conan (Gnome Press)
  4. Alfred Bester’s Tiger! Tiger! (Sidgwick & Jackson)
  5. Philip K. Dick’s Dr. Bloodmoney (Gregg Press) >R. A. Lafferty’s With Horns on Their Head (Pendragon Press HB)

  6. R. A. Lafferty’s Funnyfingers & Cabrito (Pendragon Press HB)
  7. Jack Vance’s Book of Dreams (Underwood/Miller)
  8. Manly Wade Wellman’s Giants from Eternity (Avalon)
  9. Richard Matheson’s Born of Man and Woman (Chamberline Press)

These are all books that I not only want, but think I have a reasonable shot at picking up at a price I can afford. There are lots of first editions priced like Unobtanium (Stanley G. Weinbaum’s Dawn of Flame, H. P. Lovecraft’s The Outsider and Others, the Unwin-Hyman true firsts of all three books in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, etc.) that i would pick up if I saw cheap, but don’t expect to come across.

Anyway, 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.