Posts Tagged ‘L. Sprague de Camp’

Library Additions: Four Signed Books

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Just another random roundup of signed books, three from L.W. Currey’s $10 sale (more about which Real Soon), and one from eBay.

  • Bova, Ben. Viewpoint. NESFA Press, 1977. First edition hardback, #126 of 800 signed, numbered hardbacks, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Bought from Currey for $10.
  • Cowper, Richard. The Unhappy Princess with The Missing Heart. Cheap Street, 1982. First edition chapbook originals, #54 of 75 slipcased copies, Fine copies in a Fine slipcase. Chalker & Owings, 1991, page 106. Note: I store my slipcased chapbooks with the hardbacks. Bought from Currey for $10.

    Cowper Unhappy Missing

  • (De Camp, L. Sprague) Laughlin, Charlotte and Daniel J. H. Levack. De Camp: An L. Sprague De Camp Bibliography. Underwood/Miller, 1983. First edition hardback, one of 200 copies signed by De Camp and others, a Fine copy in decorated boards, sans dust jacket, as issued. Supplements a copy of the trade edition. Bought from Currey for $10.
  • Leiber, Fritz. The Leiber Chronicles. Dark Harvest, 1990. First edition hardback, #7 of 500 signed, numbered hardbacks, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket and Fine slipcase. Bought for $38 off eBay, which is roughly half the original publication price of $65.
  • Why both De Camp and Leiber seem thoroughly out of fashion these days is an essay for another day…

    Library Additions: January 1, 2013—June 13, 2013

    Thursday, June 20th, 2013

    Time for another roundup of the books I’ve bought over the lat (roughly) half year. (Why June 13 rather than the end of the month? Because I’ve just purchased a large Roger Zelazny collection I have yet to catalog, and I want to get all this out of the way and posted before I start cataloging that.)

    As always, all books listed here are Fine first edition hardbacks in Fine dust jackets unless otherwise noted.

  • Anderson, Poul. Homebrew. NESFA Press, 1976. First edition hardback, one of 500 copies signed by Anderson (Currey B, no priority), a Fine- copy with slight bumping at head and heel in a Fine- dust jacket with a tiny bit of dust patterning to rear dust jacket. Currey (1978), pages 10-11. Three short stories plus miscellany.

  • Ashley, Mike, editor. Steampunk. Fall River Press, 2011. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in decorated boards, sans dust jacket, as issued. Anthology.
  • Asimov, Isaac. Foundations Edge. Whispers Press, 1982. First limited edition (consensus seems to be that the Doubleday trade edition precedes by about a month), #282 of 1,000 signed, numbered copies, a Fine copy in quarter-bound leather over embossed cloth boards, top edge gilded in real gold, sans dust jacket, as issued. Hugo winner and Nebula Finalist. Chalker/Owings, p. 476. Bought off the Internet for $160.

  • Asimov, Isaac and Theodosius Dobzhansky. The Genetic Effects of Radiation. U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, 1966. Presumed first edition chapbook (no additional printings listed), a Near Fine copy with slight dust soiling and age darkening to covers, and phantom crease to bottom corner. Non-fiction pamphlet. Marjorie M. Miller, Asimov: A Checklist, page 48.

  • Baker, Kage and Kathleen Bartholomew. Nell Gwynnes’s At Land and At Sea. Subterranean Press, 2013.
  • Baxter, Stephen. Gravity Dreams. PS Publishing, 2011. First edition hardback, #17 of 100 signed, numbered copies, Fine in a Fine dust jacket.
  • Benford, Gregory. At the Double Solstice. Cheap Street, 1986. First edition chapbook original, a Fine copy, in original mailing envelope. Chalker/Owings, page 108, which lists this copy (with publisher’s greetings on (unnumbered) page 23) as one of 60 copies thus, one of apparently four states.

  • Benford, Gregory. Time’s Rub. Cheap Street, 1984. First edition chapbook original, a Fine copy, in original mailing envelope. Chalker/Owings, page 107, which lists this copy (with publisher’s greetings on (unnumbered) page 19) as one of 73 copies thus, one of apparently four states.

  • Bishop, Michael and Steven Utley, editors. Passing for Human. PS Publishing, 2009. First edition hardback, #189 of 200 numbered copies signed by all the contributors, supposedly in a slipcase, but this copy actually came in a traycase, Fine in a Fine dust jacket and traycase.
  • Bok, Hannes. Bok 1. Glenn Nigra, 1975. Portfolio with 12 loose Hannes Bok illustration sheets, portfolio folder Fine- with bumping to corners, all illustrations Fine. Uneven shading in pic is a scanner artifact, as the portfolio folder is actually slightly too large to fit on the scanner.

  • Bradbury, Ray. Nemo! Subterranean Press, 2013.
  • Buekes, Lauren. The Shining Girls. Umuzi (South Africa), 2013. First edition hardback, #224 of 1000 copies signed and numbered by the author, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket, new and unread. Precedes both UK and U.S. editions.

  • Dann. Jack. Insinuations. PS Publishing, 2010. First edition hardback, one of 100 signed, numbered copies (my number could either be 04, 14, or 64), Fine in a Fine dust jacket. Autobiography (non-fiction).
  • Davidson, Avram. The Beasts of the Elysian Fields by Conrad Amber. The Nutmeg Point District Mail, 2001. First edition chapbook, Fine.

  • Davidson, Avram. The Wailing of the Gaulish Dead The Nutmeg Point District Mail, 2013. Perfect-bound chapbook first edition, one of 200 copies in heavy cardstock with self-wrapper flaps and errata sheet pasted inside, a Fine copy. I’ll have copies for sale in the next Lame Excuse Books catalog.

  • De Camp, L. Sprague, and Fletcher Pratt. The Carnelian Cube. Gnome Press, 1948. First edition hardback, a Very Good+ copy with bumping at head and heel and wear at heel and tips, and slight dust soiling at head, in a Very Good- dust jacket with 1/4″ loss at head, and slightly less loss at heel and tips, significant fading to red ink on spine (the cube is barely carnelian anymore), partial stamp on rear flap, top front (non-price) flap trimmed at very tip, and general wear. The first Gnome Press book. Chalker & Owings, page 197. Earl Terry Kemp, The Anthem Series (see below), page 191. Currey (1978), page 132.

    Really only a placeholder copy, and I wouldn’t even have picked it up if it hadn’t been part of a lot with:

  • De Camp, L. Sprague, and Fletcher Pratt. Land of Unreason. Henry Holt and Company, 1942. First edition hardback, a Near Fine+ plus copy, with slight bumping at head and heel and slight dust soiling to page block at heel, in a Near Fine dust jacket with age darkening to rear cover. A very nice copy, and a splendid example of the Boris Artzybasheff dust jacket. Bought for $34 for this and the above (plus shipping and buyers premium) off Heritage Auctions.

  • DeVore, Chuck. The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America. Texas Public Policy Foundation, 2012. Trade Paperback Original, Fine. Inscribed by the author. Non-fiction.
  • Dick, Philip K. The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick volume 3: On the Dull Earth. Subterranean, 2012.
  • Dick, Philip K./Howard L. Cory. The Unteleported Man/The Mind Monsters. Ace, 1966. First edition paperback original (PBO) (Ace Double G-602, 50¢ price on cover), a Near Fine copy with faint spine crease, touches of edgewear, a few dog-eared pages, and slighting foxing. Levack, PKD, 43a. Currey, page 159.
  • Dick, Philip K. The Unteleported Man. Berkley, 1983. First edition paperback original thus, with previously unpublished original ending, VG+ with spine creasing.
  • Di Filippo, Paul. Roadside Bodhisattva. PS Publishing, 2010. First edition hardback, one of 100 signed copies in traycase.

  • Ellis, Novalyne Price. One Who Walked Alone: Robert E. Howard: The Final Years. Donald M. Grant, 1986. Non-fiction. Basis of the movie The Whole Wide World.

  • Ellison, Harlan. The Deadly Streets. Edgeworks Abbey/Subterranean Press, 2013. First hardback edition. One of 750 trade copies.
  • Ellison, Harlan. Gentlemen Junkie. Edgeworks Abbey/Subterranean Press, 2013. First hardback edition. One of 750 trade copies.
  • Fanthorpe, R. L. (as Pel Torro). Galaxy 666. Tower Books, 1968. First American paperback edition, a Fine- copy with a touch of edgewear and a penciled letter at head. Reported to be the worst science fiction novel ever professionally published.
  • Gaiman, Neil. Day of the Dead: An Annotated Babylon 5 Script. DreamHaven Book, 1998. First edition trade paperback original, Fine. Bought for $1.
  • Gingrich, Newt. To Renew America. Harper Collins, 1995. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Near Fine dust jacket with crease to front inner flap. Inscribed to me by the author. Non-fiction.
  • Haldeman, Joe. The Best of Joe Haldeman. Subterranean Press, 2013. First edition hardback, #147 of 250 signed, numbered copies.
  • Haldeman, Joe. The Best of Joe Haldeman. Subterranean Press, 2013. First edition hardback, trade edition.
  • Howard, Robert E. Lord of the Dead. Donald M. Grant, 1981.
  • Kemp, Earl Terry. The Anthem Series: A Guide to the Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Weird Specialty Publisher’s of the Golden Age. The Last Stand, 2012. First edition trade paperback edition, oversized, a Fine copy (or it was before I started reading it). Non-fiction. I’ll try to finish a review of this in the near future.

  • Kinsella, W. P. Shoeless Joe. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1982. First edition hardback, a Near Fine- copy with a trace of spine lean and faint dust soiling at heel in a Fine- dust jacket with a thin line of very slight discoloration at the very top. Locke, Spectrum of Fantasy Three, page 49.
  • Klaw, Rick, editor. The Apes of Wrath. Tachyon, 2013. Trade paperback original, Fine. Inscribed to me by the author.
  • Lake, Jay (with illustrations by Frank Wu). Greetings From Lake Wu. Traife Buffet, 2006. First hardback edition, one of 250 copies signed by the author and illustrator, a Fine copy in decorated boards and cut-out slipcase, sans dust jacket, as issued. Contents differ considerably from 2003 trade edition. When this originally came out I thought “$150 for 250 signed, numbered copies? That’s a reasonable price point…for a Neil Gaiman limited.” (Sorry, Jay.) I picked this up for $30.

  • Lansdale, Joe R. Dead Aim. Subterranean Press, 2013. One of 400 signed, numbered copies.
  • Lansdale, Joe R. Dead Aim. Subterranean Press, 2013. Trade edition.
  • Lansdale, Joe R. (writing as Ray Slater). Texas Night Riders. Chivers Press/Curley Publishing, 1991. First hardback edition (preceded by the 1983 Leisure Books paperback original), an ex-library copy with minimal markings (a stamp on front free endpaper), otherwise VG in decorated boards with bumping along extremities, sans dust jacket, as issued. Part of the Large Print Atlantic Western line. Hankow, A Checklist of Joe R. Lansdale, A3b.

  • (Lansdale, Joe R.) Michael Blaine, Dennis Etchison, James Kisner, Dean R. Koontz, Joe R. Lansdale, Richard Christian Matheson, Robert R. McCammon, William F. Nolan, Alan Rodgers, David B. Silva, J. N. Williamson and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. The Monitors of Providence. World Fantasy Convention, 1986. First edition chapbook original, one of 1000 copies given out at the 1986 World fantasy Convention in Providence, RI, a Fine copy.

  • Leiber, Fritz. In the Beginning. Cheap Street, 1983. First edition hardback, #67 of 128 copies of the “Collectors’ Edition” signed by both Leiber and illustrator Alicia Austin (there were also 10 lettered collector’s copies, and 7 lettered and 32 number publisher’s copies), a Fine copy, in full cloth with title labels pasted on front and spine, sans dust jacket, as issued, with prospectus laid in. Chalker/Ownings, pages 106-107.

  • Ligotti, Thomas. The Agonizing Resurrection of Victor Frankenstein & Other Gothic Tales. Silver Salamander Press, 1994. First edition hardback, number 116 of 125 hardback copies, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket, with small black and white art plate laid in. Bought for $200, marked down from $400, from the Half Price Books on 183 with their 50% off coupon (I showed up when the door opened). Probably the rarest Ligotti hardback. (Evidently the hardback state of The Silver Scarab Press edition of Songs From a Dead Dreamer is spurious; proof yet again you can’t completely trust Chalker & Ownings.)

  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) Burleson, Donald R. H.P. Lovecraft: A Critical Study. Greenwood Press, 1983. Non-fiction.
  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) Price, Robert M., editor. Worlds of Cthulhu. Fedogan & Breamer, 2012. Cthulhu Mythos anthology. Good to see Fedogan & Breamer wake from their deathless slumbers. I’ll have copies of this for sale in the next Lame Excuse Books catalog.
  • MacLeod, Ian R. Wake Up and Dream. PS Publishing, 2011. First edition hardback, #38 of 100 signed, numbered copies, Fine in a Fine dust jacket and slipcase.
  • McKillip, Patricia A. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. Atheneum, 1974. First edition hardback, a Near Fine copy with bend at head and heel in a Near Fine- dust jacket with crimping at head and heel, edgewear and a closed 1/4″ tear at top front cover. The very first winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Pringle, Modern Fantasy 100, #54. Bought for $26 off the Internet.

  • Martin, George R. R. (and Roger Zelazny). The Last Defender of Camelot. Subterranean Press, 2003. First edition chapbook, a Fine copy, new and unread. Includes Martin’s teleplay for the revived Twilight Zone as well as Zelazny’s original story. Evidently done as part of the slipcased edition of Martin’s GRRM career retrospective collection.

  • McCammon, Robert. I Travel By Night. Subterranean Press, 2013. Trade edition.
  • McCammon, Robert. I Travel By Night. Subterranean Press, 2013. #306 of 474 signed, numbered copies. The trade edition precedes by about 8 weeks.
  • Moorcock, Michael. Epic Pooh. British Fantasy Society, 1978. First edition chapbook, Fine- with tiny bit of creasing to bottom outer corner tip. Non-fiction.

  • Moorcock, Michael. Wizardry and Wild Romance. Gollancz, 1987. Non-fiction.
  • Novik, Naomi. Empire of Ivory. Harper Voyager, 2007. First hardback edition; the U.S. edition, which I have, is a PBO that precedes by a month. The fourth Temeraire, and since I have the rest in hardback, and just read the third one, I thought it was high time to pick this up…
  • Potter, J. K. (William Schafer and Bill Sheehan, editors). Embrace the Mutation. Subterranean Press, 2002. First edition hardback, one of 250 copies signed by the artist and editors. Anthology of stories based on Potter’s work.
  • Powers, Tim. Salvage and Demolition. Subterranean Press, 2013. One of 350 signed, numbered copies.
  • Powers, Tim. Salvage and Demolition. Subterranean Press, 2013. Trade edition.
  • Resnick, Mike. Lucifer Jones. Warner Questar, 1992. First edition paperback original this, a Fine- copy with just a trace of wear at tips.
  • Russell, Eric frank. The Space Willies b/w Six Worlds Yonder. Ace Books, 1958. Paperback reprint, VG with spine creasing and wear.
  • Scalzi, John. Redshirts. Tor, 2012. Bought for half cover price at Half Price Books.
  • Simmons, Dan. The Guiding Nose of Ulfänt Banderōz. Subterranean Press, 2013. First separate hardback edition, #179 of 250 signed, numbered copies.
  • Simmons, Dan. The Guiding Nose of Ulfänt Banderōz. Subterranean Press, 2013. First separate hardback edition. Trade edition.
  • Smith, Clark Ashton. The Tartarus of the Suns. Roy A. Squires, 1970. First edition thread-bound chapbook, a Fine copy in envelope. The Fugitive Poems, First Fascicle, Zothique Edition. This is copy 105. Donald Sydney-Fryer, Emperor of Dreams: A Clark Ashton Smith Bibliography, P. 140. Chalker Owings, P. 588.

  • Smith, Clark Ashton. The Titans in Tartarus. Roy A. Squires, 1974. First edition thread-bound chapbook, a Fine copy in envelope. The Fugitive Poems, Second Series, First Volume, Xigarph edition. This is copy 30 of the “small” edition (as opposed to the “manuscript” sized edition). Donald Sydney-Fryer, Emperor of Dreams: A Clark Ashton Smith Bibliography, P. 140. Chalker Owings, P. 589.

  • (Smith, Clark Ashton) Sidney-Fryer, Donald. Clark Ashton Smith: The Sorcerer Departs. Tsathoggua Press, 1997. First edition chapbook, Fine-. A critical miscellany, plus one poem by Smith.

  • (Smith, Clark Ashton). The Tales of Clark Ashton Smith: A Bibliography. Thomas C. L. Cockcoft, 1951. First edition chapbook, one of 500 copies, Near Fine- with a few small spots of soiling, phantom crease to rear dust jacket, and age darkening. Non-fiction. Currey (1978), P. 455. Tymn Schlobin Currey, A Research Guide to Science Fiction Studies, 323. A very early Clark Ashton Smith bibliography. Not as useful as I hoped it would be.

  • Smith, Michael Marshall (translation and re-translation by Benoît Domis and Nicholas Royle). The Gist. Subterranean Press, 2013. One of 300 signed, numbered copies. Literary experiment in which a story by Smith is translated into French, and then translated back.
  • Smith, Michael Marshall (translation and re-translation by Benoît Domis and Nicholas Royle). The Gist. Subterranean Press, 2013. Trade edition.
  • Smith, Reginald. Weird Tales in the Thirties. Self published, no date (but 1966). First edition, 8 1/2″ x 11″ side-stapled, mimeographed from typewritten copy, Near Fine- copy with small abrasion at top front, and slight bend to front and rear self-covers. Long essay about the magazine. Joshi, H. P. Lovecraft: An Annotated Bibliography, III-D-574.

  • Stableford, Brian. Optiman. DAW, 1980. First edition paperback original, a Fine- copy with a few pinpoint rubs.
  • Swanwick, Michael. It Came Upon a Midnight. Dragonstairs Press, 2011. First edition chapbook original, #81 of 100 signed, numbered copies, a Fine- copy with one faint stray mark to front.

  • Swanwick, Michael. Midwinter Elves. Dragonstairs Press, 2012. First edition chapbook original, #15 of 100 signed, numbered copies, a Fine- copy with small stain on rear.

  • Vance, Jack. The Avatar’s Apprentice. Sadlark Press, 2011. First edition chapbook, one of 30 copies printed from photopolymer plates, a Fine copy, new and unread. According to the publisher “I collected all the excerpts from the five Demon Princes novels that dealt with the Avatar’s Apprentice: Scroll from the Ninth Dimension, and put them into one book. I letterpress printed, illustrated, and hand bound an edition of thirty-five. I used photopolymer to print all the text and images in this book.” I’ve comfirmed with the publisher via email that the edition is actually the 30 stated on the limitation page at back.

  • Vance, Jack. The Eyes of the Overworld. Gregg Press, 1977. First hardback edition, a Fine copy, sans dust jacket, as issued. Sequel to The Dying Earth featuring Cugel the Clever. Precedes the Underwood/Miller edition. Hewett, A26g. Currey (1978), page 498.

  • Vance, Jack (writing as Ellery Queen). Four Men Called John. Gollancz Detection, 1976. First hardback edition a Fine- copy in a Fine- dust jacket with a tiny bit of crimping at head, and a few faint invisible, non-breaking surface scratches. Hewett, A14j. Actually, Jerry Hewett was the one who picked this up for me, since he knew I was looking for it…

  • Vance, Jack. Magic Highways. Subterranean Press, 2013. First edition hardback. Omnibus.
  • Vance, Jack. Strange Notions with The Dark Ocean. Underwood/Miller, 1985. First edition hardbacks, number 47 of 500 signed (Strange Notions only, as issued), numbered sets in slipcase, Fine, sans dust jackets, as issued. Mystery novels. Hewett, A75 and A76.

  • Vance, Jack. To Live Forever. Ballantine books, 1956. First edition hardback, a Fine- copy in a Near Fine- dust jacket with slight spine fading and tiny (1/32″) chipping at head and heel. Signed by Vance. Currey (1978), page 500, A1 (dark blue) binding. Hewett, A4ab.

  • Varley, John. Good-bye, Robinson Crusoe and Other Stories. Subterranean Press, 2013. First edition hardback, #146 of 1,000 signed, numbered copies.
  • Vinge, Vernor. Children of the Sky. Tor, 2011
  • Waldrop, Howard. Strange Things in Closeup. Legend, 1989. Trade paperback original, Near Fine- with slight spine crease and the usual age darkening to the paper (ubiquitous for Orbit/Legend books of this era).
  • Wellman, Manly Wade. The Complete John Thunstone. Haffner Press, 2012.
  • (Wells, H. G.) William J. Scheick and J. Randolph Cox. H. G. Wells: A Reference Guide. G. L. Hall & Co., 1988. Fine-, with tiny crimps at head and heel, sans dust jacket, as issued.
  • Williams, Tad. Diary of a Dragon. Subterranean Press, 2013. Trade paperback chapbook first edition, #86 of 750 signed, numbered copies.
  • Wilson, Robert Charles. Vortex. Tor, 2011.
  • Wolfe, Gary K. American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s. The Library of America, 2012. First Edition hardback thus, being a two volume compilation of some of the best American SF novels of the 1950s: Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth’s The Space Merchants, Theodore Sturgeon’s More Than Human, Leigh Brackett’s The Long Tomorrow, Richard Matheson’s The Shrinking Man, Robert A. Heinlein’s Double Star, Alfred Bester’s The Stars My Destination, James Blish’s A Case of Conscience, Algis Budrys’ Who?, and Fritz Leiber’s The Big Time, both volumes Fine in Fine dust jackets, new and unread, in a Fine slipcase. This is an example of book collecting madness, since I either have first editions of, or have already read, all the books here except Who?, but I thought this was a handsome set when it came out, and snapped this up when it showed up at Half Price Books.

  • (Wolfe, Gene) Andre-Driussi, Michael. Gate of Horn, Book of Silk. Sirius Press, 2012. Non-fiction.

  • (Wolfe, Gene) Fawcett, Bill and J.E. Mooney, editors. Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe. Tor, 2013. Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format) of the first edition, Fine.

  • Wyly, Sam and Andrew. Texas Got It Right! Melcher Media, 2012. Trade Paperback Original, Fine. Non-fiction.
  • Zelazny, Roger. Damnation Alley. Putnam, 1969. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine- dust jacket with just a tiny bit of edgewear along top front. Levack, Amber Dreams, 9a. Currey (1978), page 570.

  • Zelazny, Roger and Robert Sheckley. If At Faust You Don’t Succeed. Bantam, 1993. Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format) of the trade paperback original first edition, Fine, new and unread.

  • Zivkovic, Zoran. The Ghostwriter. PS Publishing, 2012. #44 of 100 signed, numbered copies. Fine in a Fine dust jacket.
  • Library Additions: A Random Assortment of Interesting Books

    Monday, June 17th, 2013

    Books and related items, and no particular theme, other than interesting firsts I picked up. Been dawdling about getting this documented, and now I need to put it up so I can catalog a major acquisition of books I made Friday…

  • Bok, Hannes. Bok 1. Glenn Nigra, 1975. Portfolio with 12 loose Hannes Bok illustration sheets, portfolio folder Fine- with bumping to corners, all illustrations Fine. Uneven shading in pic is a scanner artifact, as the portfolio folder is actually slightly too large to fit on the scanner.

  • De Camp, L. Sprague, and Fletcher Pratt. The Carnelian Cube. Gnome Press, 1948. First edition hardback, a Very Good+ copy with bumping at head and heel and wear at heel and tips, and slight dust soiling at head, in a Very Good- dust jacket with 1/4″ loss at head, and slightly less loss at heel and tips, significant fading to red ink on spine (the cube is barely carnelian anymore), partial stamp on rear flap, top front (non-price) flap trimmed at very tip, and general wear. The first Gnome Press book. Chalker & Owings, page 197. Earl Terry Kemp, The Anthem Series*, page 191. Currey (1978), page 132.

    Really only a placeholder copy, and I wouldn’t even have picked it up if it hadn’t been part of a lot with:

  • De Camp, L. Sprague, and Fletcher Pratt. Land of Unreason. Henry Holt and Company, 1942. First edition hardback, a Near Fine+ plus copy, with slight bumping at head and heel and slight dust soiling to page block at heel, in a Near Fine dust jacket with age darkening to rear cover. A very nice copy, and a splendid example of the Boris Artzybasheff dust jacket. Bought for $34 for this and the above (plus shipping and buyers premium) off Heritage Auctions.

  • McKillip, Patricia A. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. Atheneum, 1974. First edition hardback, a Near Fine copy with bend at head and heel in a Near Fine- dust jacket with crimping at head and heel, edgewear and a closed 1/4″ tear at top front cover. The very first winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Pringle, Modern Fantasy 100, #54. Bought for $26 off the Internet.

  • Swanwick, Michael. It Came Upon a Midnight. Dragonstairs Press, 2011. First edition chapbook original, #81 of 100 signed, numbered copies, a Fine- copy with one faint stray mark to front.

  • Swanwick, Michael. Midwinter Elves. Dragonstairs Press, 2012. First edition chapbook original, #15 of 100 signed, numbered copies, a Fine- copy with small stain on rear.

  • Vance, Jack. The Eyes of the Overworld. Gregg Press, 1977. First hardback edition, a Fine copy, sans dust jacket, as issued. Sequel to The Dying earth featuring Cugel the Clever. Precedes the Underwood/Miller edition. Hewett, A26g. Currey (1978), page 498.

  • Wolfe, Gary K. American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s. The Library of America, 2012. First Edition hardback thus, being a two volume compilation of some of the best American SF novels of the 1950s: Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth’s The Space Merchants, Theodore Sturgeon’s More Than Human, Leigh Brackett’s The Long Tomorrow, Richard Matheson’s The Shrinking Man, Robert A. Heinlein’s Double Star, Alfred Bester’s The Stars My Destination, James Blish’s A Case of Conscience, Algis Budrys’ Who?, and Fritz Leiber’s The Big Time, both volumes Fine in Fine dust jackets, new and unread, in a Fine slipcase. This is an example of book collecting madness, since I either have first editions of, or have already read, all the books here except Who?, but I thought this was a handsome set when it came out, and snapped this up when it showed up at Half Price Books.

  • *This is a newly published reference work on SF specialty publishers. I hope to finish a review of it Real Soon Now, and I’ll have copies for sale through Lame Excuse Books.

    Lawrence Person’ Library: Reference Books (Part 4: H. P. Lovecraft)

    Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

    Don Webb once said that “If you are obsessed with a writer, you own more in print about him than the total number of words in print by him.” In which case I guess I’m obsessed by H. P. Lovecraft (who is also who Don was talking about). However, while I do like Lovecraft, it’s really only because I’m obsessed about books in general, part of which is obtaining reference books about authors I like. Is it my fault there are just so many books on Lovecraft out there? I don’t have all of them, but I do have a goodly number.

    For In-print items, I’ve provided links to either the Lame Excuse Books page for things I have in stock, or Amazon links for those I don’t.

    Here’s a long view of everything that would fit laid out on a single tabletop:

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  • (Lovecraft, H.P.) Bell, Joseph. Les Bibliotheques Volumes 1-8. Soft Books, 1984-1987. Eight side-stapled A4-sized chapbooks, featuring a miscellaneous selection of Lovecraft material (including fiction, poems, letters, etc. from Lovecraft), the bulk of which is taken up by a chronology of his publications.
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  • (Lovecraft, H.P.) Migliore, Andrew, and John Strysik. The Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H.P. Lovecraft. Night Shade Press, 2010. First printing trade paperback original of this enlarged and updated edition. Normally sits among my film reference works.
  • Next comes a few Arkham House-related books I’m including here. (I already covered S. T. Joshi’s Sixty Years of Arkham House during my first reference book roundup.)

  • Jaffery, Sheldon. Horrors and Unpleasantries: A Bibliographical History and Collectors Price Guide to Arkham House. Popular Press, 1982. First edition hardback. Largely superseded by Joshi’s Sixty Years, it still has information not replicated there, including how the secret reprint edition of August Derleth’s own Someone in the Dark came to pass.
  • Nielsen, Leon. Arkham House Books: A Collector’s Guide. McFarland & Company, 2004. Trade paperback original. Goes a little farther than Joshi. Mostly superfluous if you have Joshi and Jaffrey, but useful if you don’t.
  • Derleth, August. Thirty Years of Arkham House: 1939-1969. Arkham House, 1970. First edition hardback. The official history up to that date. (I do not own a copy of Derleth’s Arkham House: The First 20 Years; it’s pretty pricey for a superseded paperback reference work, and insanely pricey for one of the 80 hardback copies…)
  • Finally, we get to the actual Lovecraft section, which starts off with several titles by HPL himself:

  • Lovecraft, H. P. Supernatural Horror in Literature. Ben Abramson, 1945. First separate edition, hardback (Currey A), sans dust jacket, as issued. His famous essay.
  • Lovecraft, H. P. (edited by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz) Lord of a Visible World: An Autobiography in Letters. Ohio University Press, 2000. Hardback first edition. What the title says: chronological autobiographical information culled from Lovecraft’s voluminous correspondence.
  • Lovecraft, H. P. (edited by S. T. Joshi) Collected Essay Volume 1: Amateur Journalism. Hippocampus Press, 2004. Hardback first edition.
  • Lovecraft, H. P. (edited by S. T. Joshi) Collected Essay Volume 2: Literary Criticism. Hippocampus Press, 2004. Hardback first edition.
  • Lovecraft, H. P. (edited by S. T. Joshi) Collected Essay Volume 3: Science. Hippocampus Press, 2005. Hardback first edition.
  • Lovecraft, H. P. (edited by S. T. Joshi) Collected Essay Volume 4: Travel. Hippocampus Press, 2005. Hardback first edition.
  • Lovecraft, H. P. (edited by S. T. Joshi) Collected Essay Volume 5: Philosophy, Autobiography & Miscellany. Hippocampus Press, 2006. Hardback first edition.
  • Lovecraft, H. P. (edited by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei) Selected Letters I. Arkham House, 1965. Hardback first edition. Many later Lovecratt scholars have criticized the way the letters in these and subsequent volumes have been edited.
  • Lovecraft, H. P. (edited by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei) Selected Letters II. Arkham House, 1968. Hardback first edition.
  • Lovecraft, H. P. (edited by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei) Selected Letters IIII. Arkham House, 1971. Hardback first edition.
  • Lovecraft, H. P. (edited by August Derleth and James Turner) Selected Letters IV. Arkham House, 1976. Hardback first edition.
  • Lovecraft, H. P. (edited by August Derleth and James Turner) Selected Letters V. Arkham House, 1976. Hardback first edition.

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  • Lovecraft, H. P. and Donald Wandrei (edited by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz) Mysteries of Time and Spirit: The Letters of H. P. Lovecraft and Donald Wandrei. Night Shade Books, 2002. Hardback first edition.
  • Lovecraft, H. P. (edited by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz) Letters from New York. Night Shade Books, 2005. Hardback first edition.
  • Howard, Robert E. and H. P. Lovecraft. A Means to Freedom: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. Hippocampus Press, 2009. First edition hardbacks, two volumes. Shelved in my Robert E. Howard section.
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  • Lovecraft, H. P. (edited by L. Sprague de Camp) To Quebec and the Stars. Donald M. Grant, 1976. Hardback first edition. (Out of order in the pictures because it’s oversized and shelved one shelf down from where it should be.)
  • Next comes books about Lovecraft by other authors.

  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) Joshi, S. T. H. P. Lovecraft and Lovecraft Criticism: An Annotated Bibliography. Kent State University Press, 1981. Hardback first edition, sans dust jacket, as issued. If you haven’t figured out already by the number of times his name has already appeared on this list, Joshi is the Lovecraft obsessive that puts all the other Lovecraft obsessives in the shade. I have several criticisms of his Sixty Years of Arkham House, and disagree with significant bits and pieces of his critical approach to Lovecraft’s. But when comes to excessive knowledge of Lovecraft’s life and work, he has no equal, and this bibliography is ridiculously comprehensive up through the period covered. There were 14 Lovecraft books (including some chapbooks, pamphlets, etc.) printed before The Outsider and Others, each of which is either insanely expensive or simply not available anywhere at any price.
  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) Joshi, S. T. I Am Providence: the Life and Times of H P Lovecraft. Hippocampus Press, 2010. First edition hardback, two volumes. Back in 1996, Necronomicon Press published Joshi’s H. P. Lovecraft: A Life, a definitive biography which was about 700 pages long, with very small margins, in a hardback edition of 250 copies which went out of print before just about anyone knew about it. (You can still get the trade paperback edition.) Well, guess what? Joshi had to leave out about 150,000 words of material for space constraints. That, plus everything he’s learned since 1996, is packed into these two volumse. (I see some people online are asking $550 for this set. I have sets available for $95, which is half-off cover price. [Sorry, sold out. – LP])
  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) Joshi, S. T. and David E. Schultz. An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press, 2001. Hardback first edition, in decorated boards, sans dust jacket, as issued. Includes things both in Lovecraft’s fiction and his life.
  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) de Camp, L. Sprague Lovecraft: A Life. Doubleday, 1975. Hardback first edition, inscribed by de Camp, remainder speckling at heel, otherwise Fine in a Fine dust jacket. Considered the standard biography before Joshi went to work; not so much anymore.
  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) Long, Frank Belknap. Howard Philips Lovecraft: Dreamer on the Night Side Arkham House, 1975. Hardback first edition. Biography of Lovecraft by a close friend and fellow writer.
  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) Cannon, Peter, editor. Lovecraft Remembered. Arkham House, 1998. Hardback first edition with review slip laid in. Collection of remembrances of both Lovecraft and his writing by numerous contemporaries, much of it original published in very obscure journals or small-run pamphlets.
  • (Lovecraft, H.P.) Carter, Lin. Lovecraft: A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos. Starmont House/Borgo Press, [1992]. First hardback edition, Fine in decorated boards, sans dust jacket, as issued.
  • (Lovecraft, H.P.) Cannon, Peter. H. P. Lovecraft. Twayne, 1989. Hardback first edition (a reasonably clean ex-library copy). Part of the Twayn’s United States Authors Series.
  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) Joshi, S. T. H. P. Lovecraft: Four Decades of Criticism. Ohio University Press, 1980. Hardback first edition. Variety of essays on Lovecraft’s work.
  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) Mark Owings and Irving Binkin, catalogers. A Catalog of Lovecraftiana: The Grill Binkin Collection. Mirage Press, 1975. Hardback first edition, Fine sans dust jacket, as issued. Catalog of perhaps the most extensive Lovecraft collection ever in existence.
  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) St. Armand, Barton Levi. The Roots of Horror in the Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft. Dragon Press, 1977. Hardback first edition, Fine sans dust jacket, as issued. Critical work.
  • And a few works on the Cthulhu Mythos more generally:

  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) Jarocha-Ernst, Chris. A Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography and Concordance. Armitage House, 1999. First edition trade paperback original.
  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) Harms, Daniel. Encyclopedia Cthulhuiana. Chaosium, 1994. Trade paperback original.
  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) Harms, Daniel. The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia. Elder Signs Press, 2008. First edition hardback, one of 200 signed, numbered copies. “Updated and Expanded Third Edition,” and the first hardback edition.
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    And here are some chapbook that you can’t tell what they are from the spine. I pick up those Necronomicon Press chapbooks when I find them cheap, but usually not otherwise.

  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) St. Armand, Barton Levi. H. P. Lovecraft: New England Decadent. Silver Scarab Press, 1979. Perfect-bound chapbook.
  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) Barlow, R. H. On Lovecraft and Life. Necronomicon Press, 1992. First edition chapbook.

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  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) Cook, W. Paul. In Memoriam: Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Necronomicon Press, 1991. Chapbook, second edition.
  • Lovecraft, H. P. A History of the Necronomicon. Necronomicon Press, 1992. Chapbook, sixth printing.
  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) Barrass, Glynn. A Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Checklist: Second Edition. Blackgoat Books, 1996. An extremely barebones checklist (title, publisher, and whether it was issued in hardback). Probably the last thing you would reach for, but it does have a few obscure listings.

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  • Lovecraft, H. P. and Anthony Raven. The Occult Lovecraft. Gerry de la Ree, 1975. First edition chapbook.
  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) H. P. Lovecraft: A Symposium. The Los Angeles Science Fiction Society/The Riverside Quarterly, [1964]. First edition chapbook, with Errata sheet laid in.
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  • Library Additions: January 22, 2011—August 7, 2011

    Sunday, August 7th, 2011

    The book-buying continues apace here at Stately Person Manor since the last roundup. Many were bought from a notable SF book dealer having a sale. And some weren’t even bought, as there’s a large number of unclaimed Nova Express proofs and ARCs that were integrated into my own library after I cleaned my office. All of these are Fine hardback first editions in Fine dust jackets, unless otherwise noted. Signed book are noted, except for recent titles where the entire run was signed (like several Subterranean Press books).

    Books that I have available for sale through Lame Excuse Books are marked LEB (though some of those titles won’t appear on the stock page until after I send out my next book catalog, which will probably be late this month or early next; email me if you’d like to get on the mailing list to received it).

    And if perchance you’re new to my mad bibliomania, the most comprehensive post on my library can be found here.

    Now the books:

  • Aldiss, Brian. Brothers of the Head Pierrot Publishing Ltd., 1977. First edition hardback (simultaneous with the much more common trade paperback edition), oversized and illustrated, a Fine copy in a VG+ dust jacket with light wrinkling, wear to extremities, and some age toning to white flaps of the dust jacket. Signed by both Aldiss and illustrator Ian Pollock. The hardback edition was already uncommon, but became more so after an art house movie based on it came out a few years ago. Bought this from a dealer in France, of all places.

  • Aldiss, Brian. Cultural Breaks. Tachyon, 2005. Advanced reading copy, trade paperback format, with packet of review material.
  • Aldiss, Brian. This World and Nearer Ones. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1979. Signed by Adliss. Bought for $8 from a notable SF book dealer. Non-fiction.
  • Aylett, Steve. Lint. Thunder Mouth Press, 2005. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Baker, Kage. The Graveyard Game. Tor, 2005. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Baker, Kage. The Life of the World to Come. Tor, 2004. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Baker, Kage. The Machine’s Child. Tor, 2006. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Baker, Kage. The Sons of Heaven. Tor, 2007. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Barker, Clive. Weaveworld. Poseidon Press, 1987. One of signed, 500 numbered copies, in unprinted Mylar dust jacket, in slipcase, as issued. Bought from a notable SF dealer for less than half original publisher’s price.
  • Barnes, John. The Armies of Memory. Tor, 2006.
  • Bear, Greg. The Collected Stories of Greg Bear. September, 2002. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Bear, Greg. Heads. One of 300 signed, numbered copies, in slipcase, sans dust jacket, as issued. Bought for $8 from a notable SF book dealer.
  • Binder, Eando. Lords of Creation. Prime Press, 1949. One of 112 copies with plate signed by Binder affixed, Near Fine, sans dust jacket, with uncut pages, as issued. Bought for $8 from a notable SF book dealer.
  • Bisson, Terry. Greetings & Other Stories. Tachyon, 2005. Trade paperback original.
  • Bisson, Terry. Numbers Don’t Lie. Tachyon, 2005. Advanced reading copy, trade paperback format.
  • Boyett, Steven R. Mortality Bridge. Subterranean Press, 2011.
  • Boyle, T.C. The Human Fly and Other Stores. Speak, 2005. Advanced uncorrected proof, trade paperback format, with packet of review material.
  • Brin, David. Dr. Pak’s Preschool. Cheap Street, 1989. One of 117 signed, numbered copies of the “Collector’s Edition,” in Fine handmade dust jacket and slipcase. Bought from a notable SF book dealer at a considerable discount off the original offered price.

  • Broderick, Damien. Godplayers. Thunder Mouth Press, 2005. Trade paperback original.
  • Broderick, Damien. K-Machines. Thunder Mouth Press, 2006. Trade paperback original.
  • Brotherton, Mike. Star Dragon. Tor, 2003. Advanced uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Buckner, M. M. Wintermind. Tor, 2008.
  • Burks, Arthur J. Black Medicine. Arkham House, 1966.
  • Canon, Peter. Forever Azathoth. Subterranean Press, 2011. One of 350 signed/numbered copies.
  • Charnes, Suzy McKee. Stagestruck Vampires and Other Phantasms. Tachyon, 2004. Advanced reading copy, trade paperback format.
  • Clarke, Arthur C. and Stephen Baxter. Firstborn. Del Rey, 2007. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Constantine, Storm. The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure. Tor. 2003. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Crowther, Peter & Nick Gevers, editors. Postscripts #24/25: The New and Perfect Man. PS Publishing, 2011. Signed, traycased edition. Contributor copy, with my story “The Dog Parade” inside. For more information, see here.
  • De Camp, L. Sprague & Catherine Crook. Footprints in Sand: A Literary Sampler. Advent, 1981. One of 500 signed, numbered copies. Bought for $8 from a notable SF book dealer.
  • De Camp, L. Sprague. Heroes & Hobgoblins Donald M. Grant, 1981. One of 1,250 copies signed by de Camp, a Fine copy in a price clipped (but otherwise Fine) dust jacket.
  • De Camp, L. Sprague. The Prisoner of Zhamanak. Phantasia Press, 1982. One of 500 signed, numbered copies, in slipcase. Bought for $8 from a notable SF book dealer.
  • Di Filippo, Paul. The Emperor of Gondwanaland. Thunder Mouth Press, 2005. Trade paperback original.
  • Di Filippo, Paul. A Princess of the Linear City. PS Publishing, 2010. Fine in decorated boards, sans dj, as issued. LEB
  • Doctorow, Cory. A Place So Foreign and 8 More. Four Walls and Eight Windows, 2003. Trade paperback original. Signed by Doctorow.
  • Egan. Greg. The Clockwork Rocket. Night Shade Press, 2011. LEB
  • Emshwiller, Carol. I Live With You. Tachyon, 2005. Advanced reading copy, trade paperback format.
  • Farris, John. Fiends. Dark Harvest, 1990. One of 500 signed, numbered copies, in slipcase. Bought for $8 from a notable SF book dealer.
  • Finch, Sheila. Reading the Bones. Tachyon, 2003. Trade paperback original.
  • Gaskell, Jane. Atlan. Hodder and Stoughton, 1965.

  • Gunn, Eileen. Stable Strategies and others. Tachyon, 2004. Advanced reading copy, trade paperback format.
  • Gunn, James. The End of the Dreams: Three Short Novels. Scribner’s, 1975. Inscribed by Gunn. Review materials laid in. Bought for $8 from a notable SF book dealer.
  • Gunn, James. The Magicians. Scribner’s, 1976. Inscribed by Gunn. Bought for $8 from a notable SF book dealer.
  • Haldeman, Joe, Stephen Giron, Edo van Belkom. Chapbook Seven. Buffalo Fantasy League, 2008. First edition hardback chapbook, one of only 20 copies bound in hardback, signed by Haldeman and Giron, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Haldeman’s section is hand-written and -illustrated.

  • Halpern, Marty and Claude Lalumiere. Witpunk. Four Walls Eight Windows, 2003.
  • Heinlein, Robert A. Assignment in Eternity. Fantasy Press, 1953. First edition hardback, first state Currey A binding (brick red cloth, with six gilt bands on spine, and with “Heinlein” 3mm high), a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Details here.

  • Heinlein, Robert A. Have Space Suit–Will Travel. Scribner’s, 1958. Details here.

  • Heinlein, Robert A. A Heinlein Triad. Gollancz, 1966. Details here.
  • Heinlein, Robert A. The Man Who Sold the Moon. Shasta Publishers, 1950. Details here.

  • Hughes, Matthew. Black Brillion. Tor, 2004. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Jablokov, Alexander. Brain Thief Tor, 2010. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Le Guin, Ursula K. The Adventure of Cobbler’s Rune. Cheap Street, 1982. One of 250 signed, numbered hardback copies, Fine, sans dust jacket, as issued.
  • Le Guin, Ursula K. Solomon Leviathan’s Nine Hundred and Thirty-First Trip Around the World. Cheap Street, 1984. One of 250 signed, numbered hardback copies, Fine, sans dust jacket, as issued.

  • Le Guin, Ursula K. The Water is Wide. Pendragon Press, 1976. Chapbook, one of 200 signed copies, a Fine copy.
  • Leiber, Fritz. The Change War. Gregg Press, 1978. Fine sans dj, as issued.
  • Link, Kelly and Gavin J. Grant. The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Del Rey, 2007. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Link, Kelly and Gavin J. Grant. The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Del Rey, 2007. Trade paperback original.
  • (Lovecraft, H. P.) Leiber, Fritz, etc. H. P. Lovecraft: A Symposium. Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society/Riverside Quarterly, 1964. Chapbook, a Fine copy, with errata sheet laid in. Non-fiction.

  • MacLeod, Ken. The Night Sessions. Orbit, 2008.
  • Marusek, David. Mind Over Ship. Tor, 2009. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Marusek, David. Mind Over Ship. Tor, 2009.
  • McDevitt, Jack. The Law of Gravity Isn’t Working on Rainbow Bridge. Buffalo fantasy League, 2003. First edition hardback chapbook, #16 of a very small number bound into hardback, signed by McDevitt, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. The first of the Eeriecon chapbooks.

  • McMullin, Sean. Voyage of the Shadowmoon. Tor, 2002. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Melko, Paul. Singularity Ring. Tor, 2008.
  • Mieville, China. Embassytown. Macmillan (UK), 2011. Signed.
  • Moorcock, Michael/Joe R. Lansdale. Sojan the Swordsman/Under the Warrior Star. Planet Stories/Paizo, 2010. Trade paperback.
  • Morrow, James. The Cat’s Pajamas & Other Stories. Tachyon, 2004. Advanced reading copy, trade paperback format.
  • Nagata, Linda. Memory. Tor, 2003.
  • Nasir, Jamil. The Houses of Time. Tor, 2008. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Niven, Larry. A Gift From Earth. Macdonald, 1969. First hardback edition. Signed. A Near Fine copy in a Near Fine dust jacket.
  • Niven, Larry/Derwin Mak. Eeriecon Chapbook Ten: Doubling Rate/Willpower. Buffalo Fantasy League, 2011. First edition hardback chapbook, one of only 15(!) hardback copies, signed by both authors, Fine in a Fine dust jacket. LEB

  • Niven, Larry/Derwin Mak. Eeriecon Chapbook Ten: Doubling Rate/Willpower. Buffalo Fantasy League, 2011. Wraps edition.
  • Priest, Cherrie. Fathom. Tor, 2008.
  • Reed, Robert. Sister Alice. Tor, 2003.
  • Resnick, Mike. The Science Fiction Professional: Seven Years of “Ask Bwana” Columns. Farthest Star Science Fiction, 2002. Trade paperback original.
  • Resnick, Mike, et. al. With a Little Help From My Friends. Farthest Star Science Fiction, 2002. Trade paperback original.
  • Reynolds, Alastair. Troika. Subterranean Press, 2011. One of 350 signed, numbered copies with a different cover.
  • Reynolds, Alastair. Troika. Subterranean Press, 2011. Trade edition. LEB
  • Robson, Justina. Natural History. Macmillan (UK), 2003. Trade paperback original (simultaneous with the hardback edition), signed by Robson, with additional signed note on a Post-It square laid in.
  • Rossi, Matthew. Things That Never Were. MonkeyBrain Books, 2003.
  • Rucker, Rudy. Frek and The Elixer. Tor, 2004. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Rucker, Rudy. Mad Professor: The Uncollected Short Stories of Rudy Rucker. Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2007. Trade paperback original.
  • Rucker, Rudy. Mathematicians in Love. Tor, 2006. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Rucker, Rudy. Postsingular. Tor, 2007. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Schroeder, Karl. Sun of Suns. Tor, 2006. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Schroeder, Karl. The Queen of Candesce. Tor, 2007. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Schroeder, Karl. Pirate Sun. Tor, 2008. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Schroeder, Karl. The Sunless Countries. Tor, 2009. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Shiner, Lewis. Dark Tangos. Subterranean Press, 2011.
  • Shunn, William. An Alternate History of the 21st Century. Spilt Milk Press, 2007. Chapbook.
  • Silverberg, Robert. Homefaring. Phantasia Press, 1983. One of 450 signed, numbered copies, in slipcase. Bought for $8 from a notable SF book dealer.
  • Silverberg, Robert. Sunrise on Mercury and Other Science Fiction Stories. Thomas Nelson Inc., 1975. Signed on affixed label by Silverberg. Bought for $8 from a notable SF book dealer.
  • Spector, Craig. Underground. Tor, 2005.
  • Stewart, Ian and jack Cohen. Heaven. Warner Books, 2004.
  • Stross, Charles. The Family Trade. Tor, 2004. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Stross, Charles. The Clan Corporate. Tor, 2006. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Stross, Charles. The Merchant’s War. Tor, 2007. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Stross, Charles. The Revolution Business. Tor, 2009. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Stross, Charles. Trade of Queens. Tor, 2010. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Stross, Charles. Rule 34. Ace, 2011.
  • (Sturgeon, Theodore) Diskin, Lahna F. Theodore Sturgeon: a primary and secondary bibliography. G.K. Hall & Co., 1980. Fine, sans dust jacket, as issued. Non-fiction.
  • Swanwick, Michael. Bones of the Earth. Eos, 2001. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Swanwick, Michael. The Dragons of Bable. Tor, 2007. Advanced reading copy, trade paperback format.
  • Totten, Michael. The Road to Fatima Gate. Encounter Books, 2011. Signed. Non-fiction.
  • Tregillis, Ian. Bitter Seeds. Tor, 2010.
  • Vance, Jack. Dangerous Ways. Subterranean Press, 2011. Traycased edition, signed by Vance. See here for more details.

  • (Vance, Jack) Tiedman, Richard. Jack Vance: Science Fiction Stylist. Mimeographed from typewritten copy on yellow paper stock, self wrappers, stapled, one of only 225 copies, Fine, with additional correspondence laid in.

  • Vinge, Vernor, and John-Allen Price. Chapbook Eight. Buffalo Fantasy League, 2002. First edition hardback chapbook, one of a very small number hardbound, signed by Vinge and Price, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket.

  • Watts, Peter. Behemoth: ß-Max. Tor, 2004. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Wellman, Manly Wade. Devils Planet. World Distributors, 1951. First edition, pulp paperback format, Very Good with slight rubbing and internal tape reinforcement, and spine creasing, otherwise bright.

  • Westerfield, Scott. Peeps. Razorbill, 2005.
  • Westerfield, Scott. The Risen Empire. Tor, 2003. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Westerfield, Scott. The Killing of Worlds. Tor, 2003. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Westfahl, Gary, George Slusser and David Leiby, editors. Worlds Enough and Time: Explorations of Time in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Greenwood Press, 2002. Fine first edition hardback, sans dj, as issued, with review slip laid in. Non-fiction.
  • What, Leslie. Olympic Games. Tachyon, 2004. Advanced review copy, trade paperback format.
  • Wilhelm, Kate. Listen, Listen. Houghton Mifflin, 1981. Signed by Wilhelm. Bought for $8 from a notable SF book dealer.
  • Wilhelm, Kate. A Sense of Shadow. Houghton Mifflin, 1981. Inscribed by Wilhelm. Bought for $8 from a notable SF book dealer.
  • Wilson, F. Paul. Gateways. Tor, 2003. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Wilson, F. Paul. Ground Zero. Tor, 2009. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Wolfe. Gary K. Bearings: Reviews 1997-2001. Beccon, 2010. Trade paperback. Non-fiction.
  • Wolfe. Gary K. Sightings: Reviews 2002-2006. Beccon, 2011. Trade paperback. Non-fiction.
  • Wolfe, Gene. The Best of Gene Wolfe. Tor, 2009. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Wolfe, Gene. Innocents Aboard. Tor, 2004. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Wolfe, Gene. An Evil Guest. Tor, 2008. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format.
  • Wright, John C. Orphans of Chaos. Tor, 2005.
  • Zivkovic, Zoran. The Book. Polaris, 2003.
  • Zivkovic, Zoran. Hidden Camera. Dalkey Archive Press, 2005.
  • Zivkovic, Zoran. Steps Through the Mist. Polaris, 2003.
  • Previous posts on my book collection:

  • Library Additions: November 15, 2010—January 14, 2011
  • Library Additions, July 12—November 14, 2010
  • Library Additions, January 25, 2010—July 11, 2010
  • Library Additions: December 1, 2009—January 14, 2010.
  • My Book-Hunting Trip to Archer City and Points East (and New Acquisitions Found There)
  • Items in Evidence of a Case of Bibliomania (or, How I Spent $1,000 in One Week and All I Got Were These Cool Books)
  • Lawrence Person’s Library: Reference Books (Part 1)
  • Lawrence Person’s Library: Reference Books (Part 2: Oversized Books)