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96372
Asimov, Isaac
Foundation and Earth
Doubleday, New York, 1993 (?).
Reprint with later Bob Eggleton dustwrapper. Hardcover, octavo; quarter bound black papered boards with black cloth spine and gilt spine titling; 356pp. A few tiny marks on text block edges. Illustrated black dustwrapper rubbed with some scraping at corners and spine panel extremities, tiny tears and creasing to edges. Very good with wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$30
94241
Banks, Iain M.
The State of the Art Stories
Night Shade Books, San Francisco CA, 2004.
First edition. Octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine and upper board titles; 188pp. Minor wear; spine extremities lightly scraped. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine.
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$80
68304
Barker, Clive
Everville: signed limited edition
HarperCollins, London, 1994.
Signed limited edition. Hardcover, octavo, 639pp. This is number 211 of two thousand copies. Lightly toned text block edges with a few spots and marks; slightly scuffed dustwrapper. Very good to near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$50
209676
Bradbury, Ray
The October Country A grotesque world of the weird and macabre
Ace Books Inc., London, 1956.
First printing. Octavo; paperback; 142pp. Moderate wear; covers rubbed; hinges creased; text block and page edges lightly toned; a sticker ghost to the front cover. Very good.
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$25
209672
Clarke, Arthur C.
Childhood's End
Pan Books Ltd., London, 1956.
First printing. Octavo; paperback; 189pp. Moderate wear; slightly rolled; covers rubbed and spine a little sunned; text block and page edges lightly toned with a few spots to the top edge; retailers' ink stamps to the first page. Very good.
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$50
209675
Clarke, Arthur C.
Expedition to Earth Eleven Science Fiction Stories
Ballantine Books Inc., New York NY, 1961.
Reprint: octavo; paperback; 167pp., text block edges dyed yellow. Moderate wear; slightly rolled; covers rubbed and spine a little sunned; hinges creased; text block and page edges lightly toned; retailer's contemporary price sticker and a sticker ghost to the front cover. Very good.
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$20
98821
Clarke, Arthur C.
A Fall of Moondust
Victor Gollancz Ltd., London, 1961.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 224pp. Moderate wear; rolled; spine extremities softened and corners lightly bumped; text block edges heavily toned; previous owner's ink stamp to the flyleaf; pages tanned. Dustwrapper well-rubbed and sunned along the spine panel; chipping to the spine panel extremities and flap-turns; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$80
63456
Clarke, Arthur C.
Glide Path
Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1969.
First UK edition (six years after the US). Hardcover, octavo, 229pp. Bookseller's stamp on lower edge of endpaper. Minor wear; lightly toned and faintly spotted text block edges. Price-clipped orange and blue dustwrapper, slightly rubbed with minor chipping on spine extremities and corners. Near fine otherwise and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$50
63461
Clarke, Arthur C.
The Young Traveller in Space: signed copy
Phoenix House, London, 1954.
First edition. Quarto hardcover, 72pp., monochrome plates and diagrams with colour frontispiece. Author's signature in ink on endpaper. Bookseller's stamp on pastedown. Illustrated boards with slightly worn edges and bumped corners. Minor wear; foxing to endpaper edges and browned and spotted text block edges. Scattered spotting on rear panel of dustwrapper; wear to spine extremities and corners; diamond shape cut out of lower edge of front inner flap with foxing to edges. Otherwise very good to near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Remarkable in this condition. Signed when the author visited Australia in the early 1960s for a convention.
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$450
63462
Clarke, Arthur C. & R.A. Smith (illus.)
Exploration of the Moon
Frederick Muller, London, 1954.
First edition. Quarto hardcover, 112pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; foxing to endpapers, preliminaries and pastedowns with spotting to text block edges. Wear to price-clipped dustwrapper edges and corners, some chipping, and rear panel rubbed. Otherwise very good to near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Remarkable in this condition.
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$300
73911
Dick, Philip K (Pamela Jackson & Jonathan Letham, eds.)
The Exegesis of Philip K Dick
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York NY, 2011.
Octavo; hardcover; 944pp., with 8pp. monochrome plates. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. "Dick never intended The Exegesis for publication, and aside from In Pursuit of VALIS, a tiny selection of extracts from the book that was brought out in 1991, it has remained a thing of legend only. Until last month, however, when Houghton Mifflin Harcourt brought out a huge 900-page volume, co-edited by Jonathan Lethem and Pamela Jackson. It's still only about one tenth of the whole thing, but it's a start. But what, if anything, does this text have to offer people who are not Philip K Dick? Afraid that the answer might be 'not much' I started in on it immediately lest it sit on my shelf unread for 20 years like In Pursuit of VALIS. The first thing I noticed is that Lethem et al assume that anyone reading this book already knows what it is, and will only come to it after deep immersion in PKD's fiction. And indeed, Dick himself begins with a discussion of 2-3-74 through the prism of his novel Ubik, where many of the characters are dead bodies lying in 'cold-pac', while their ex-employer Glen Runciter seeks to communicate with them from the world of the living - maybe. Was the pink laser beam likewise an invasion of a dead world by something alive? That PKD had published Ubik four years earlier was not a problem; he writes as if his book might still have related the truth behind appearances. But Ubik doesn't work, as the world is not visibly rotting around him as it was in the novel. However, Dick immediately conceives of another possibility, and I can't help but wonder what his friend Claudia Bush thought when she received a letter in which Dick speculates that a dead bishop named Jim Pike was invading his mind, before suddenly switching to the theory that it might be an ancient Greek named Asklepios. Asklepios's ignorance of Christ suggests something else: did the world go wrong around 2,000 years ago? Is the goal of this higher intelligence to restore man to a pre-Christian path? A few pages later, however, and Dick confides in Ursula Le Guin that it's the prophet Elijah. Or at least that's what Thomas M Disch (a great SF writer of the 60s and 70s) had suggested. But there is precisely zero possibility that Disch was serious - his take on PKD was that the great man liked to play with his own mental illness. Disch always kept an ironic distance - which is something I miss in the ultra-reverential contemporary introductions to Dick's work written by fanboys with PhDs and MFAs. These ideas rush past and are discarded within the first 40 pages or so. John Denver also pops up. The Exegesis is dizzying, bewildering, exhilarating, and more or less as strange as it sounds. But again, should you read it? It doesn't contain the answers to all things; it doesn't even contain the answer to what happened to Dick. Lethem suggests that the reader must simply 'surrender'. I suspect he's right - but that won't work unless you've read at least 16 of Dick's novels, plus his biography, and love metaphysics. At that point, The Exegesis will bring you extraordinarily close to his unique mind, with its mixture of doubt, wild invention, minuscule detail, grandiose theory and wry humour. Reality collapses and is then remade, over and over again - but what is real? Who cares? That's part of the game. In short: if you want to know what it's like to have your world dissolve, and then try to rebuild it while suffering mental invasions from God, Asklepios or whomever, you should read The Exegesis. Then again, you could always try one of Dick's novels, like Ubik, or The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, or even a minor book such as Galactic Pot-Healer.
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$30
87661
Dick, Philip K. (Ron Lindahn, illus.; Val Lakey-Lindahn and Doug Rice, eds.)
Ubik The Screenplay
Corroboree Press, Minneapolis MN, 1985.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; mauve cloth boards with gilt spine titling and authors name in gilt on centre front; monochrome decorated endpapers; 154pp., monochrome frontispiece and colour illustrations. Minor wear; mild spotting to text block edges; one or two spots on title page, and very slight wear to dustwrapper edges. Near fine.
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$100
96944
Hamilton, Peter F.
Judas Unchained - signed limited edition
Macmillan, London, 2005.
Octavo; hardcover with silver gilt spine titling; 948pp. Mild wear; a few faint scattered spots on the text block edges; signed in ink on the dedications page. Otherwise near fine in a like dustwrapper and matching slipcase. Limited, signed edition of 1000 copies, of which this is No. 751.
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$100
203174
Hamilton, Peter F.
Pandora's Star - signed Part One of the Commonwealth Saga
Macmillan/Pan Macmillan/Macmillan Publishers Ltd., London, 2004.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine titles; 882pp. Minor wear; some light spotting to the text block edges; signed in ink to the title page. Very good.
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$40
97575
Hearn, Lian
Emperor of the Eight Islands - signed, limited edition The Battle for the Lotus Throne has Begun
Hachette, Sydney, 2015.
Signed, uncorrected proof, issued in an edition of 100 copies, this being no. 60. Octavo hardcover; pink boards with black spine, upper board black decoration, black and white upper board and spine titling, decorated black endpapers; 432pp. Frayed board edges and corners with some wear and loss of colour to spine panel extremities. Very good otherwise. No dustwrapper.
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$60
83017
Herbert, Frank
The Santaroga Barrier
Rapp & Whiting Ltd., London, 1970.
First UK edition. Octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine and upper board titling; 255pp. Slightly rolled; text block edges spotted; offset to endpaper. Price-clipped dustwrapper mildly rubbed and edgeworn. Very good.
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$30
41583
Hodgson, William Hope
The House on the Borderland And Other Novels
Arkham House, Sauk City, 1946.
First edition. Hardcover, large octavo, 639pp. Some overall browning to pastedowns and initial pages, dustiness to text block edges; else very good in dustwrapper worn at edges, few tiny tears; not price-clipped; colour illustration bright and unimpeded; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive archival film and white paper backing. A remarkable copy. This omnibus collection takes its title from what is perhaps the best of the four novels (The Boats of the Glen Carrig; The House on the Borderland; The Ghost Pirates and The Nightland) despite its lack of form; but all four of the novels merit attention in the genre of the weird and fantastic. Primarily the romanticist, Hodgson could not overcome a strong predilection for the weird. The Night Land is as much a fantasy as it is a romance, a fantasy of the world millions of years in the future. A thread of romance creeps into even the House on the Borderland, indeed, only The Ghost Pirates lacks the customary romantic element, and perhaps, because of this it stands out as the most consecutive narrative of the four.
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$400
86607
Howard, Robert E. (ed. Paul Herman)
Wings in the Night The Weird Works of Robert E Howard, Volume 4
Wildside Press, 2005.
First edition. Hardcover; octavo; black cloth boards with gilt spine titling; sewn binding; 179pp. Fine in like illustrated dustwrapper.
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$85
86612
Howard, Robert E. (ed. Paul Herman; intro. Benjamin Szumsky)
Gardens of Fear The Weird Works of Robert E Howard, Volume 6
Wildside Press, 2006.
First edition. Hardcover; octavo; black cloth boards with gilt spine titling; sewn binding; 223pp. Fine in like illustrated dustwrapper.
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$85
86606
Howard, Robert E. (ed. Paul Herman; intro. Damon C Sasser)
Beyond the Black River The Weird Works of Robert E Howard, Volume 7
Wildside Press, 2007.
First edition. Hardcover; octavo; black cloth boards with gilt spine titling; sewn binding; 190pp. Fine in like illustrated dustwrapper.
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$85
86608
Howard, Robert E. (ed. Paul Herman; intro. James Reasoner)
Valley of the Worm The Weird Works of Robert E Howard, Volume 5
Wildside Press, 2005.
First edition. Hardcover; octavo; black cloth boards with gilt spine titling; sewn binding; 213pp. Fine in like illustrated dustwrapper.
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$85
86610
Howard, Robert E. (ed. Paul Herman; intro. Joe R Lansdale)
People of the Dark The Weird Works of Robert E Howard, Volume 3
Wildside Press, Holicong, 2005.
First edition. Hardcover; octavo; black cloth boards with gilt spine titling; sewn binding; 214pp. Fine in like illustrated dustwrapper.
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$85
86609
Howard, Robert E. (ed. Paul Herman; intro. Mark Finn)
Shadow Kingdoms The Weird Works of Robert E Howard, Volume 1
Wildside Press, Holicong, 2004.
First edition. Hardcover; octavo; black cloth boards with gilt spine titling; sewn binding; 204pp. Tiny mark on edge on front endpaper; very mild wear to spine extremities of dustwrapper. Fine in like illustrated dustwrapper.
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$85
98318
Le Guin, Ursula
The Farthest Shore
Victor Gollancz Ltd., London, 1973.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and endpaper maps; gray cloth boards; 206pp. Minor wear; slightly rolled; light softening to the spine extremities; text block edges toned with some spotting and top edge dusted. Unclipped dustwrapper rubbed; spine panel sunned; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Magic is drying up and vanishing from the world of Earthsea. Sparrowhawk, the Archmage of Roke, accompanied by Arren, the Prince of Enlad, travels to the Farthest Shore - realm of the dead - guided by dragons to discover how they can save the world, even at the cost of their own lives. This is the third volume in the original Earthsea Trilogy which brought Le Guin fame as a fantasy writer of merit (two more books were much later added to the series and a collection of short stories).
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$150
202390
Lewis, C S
Out of the Silent Planet
Bodley Head, London, 1969.
Reprint. Octavo hardcover; blue boards with red spine titling; 182pp. Prize sticker and bookseller's stamp on endpaper. Toned and densely spotted text block edges. Dustwrapper foxed on rear panel and with moderate insect damage along front fore-edge. Wear to edges and dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film with white paper backing. Very good.
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$25
71841
Pratchett, Terry
Going Postal A Discworld Novel
Doubleday/Transworld/Random House (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Milsons Point NSW, 2004.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling and decorated endpapers; 352pp. Minor wear; cocked; spine heel softened; text block edges toned. Dustwrapper mildly edgeworn. Very good.
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$22
203629
Pratchett, Terry
Raising Steam A Discworld Novel
Doubleday/Random House LLC., London, 2013.
First UK edition. Octavo; hardcover; black boards with silver gilt spine-titling, illustrated endpapers; 374pp. Inscription. Mild toning to text block and page edges and very slight wear to dustwrapper edges. Very good to near fine.
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$22
94780
Silverberg, Robert
Gilgamesh the King - signed
Victor Gollancz Ltd., London, 1985.
First UK edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 320pp. Moderate wear; text block and page edges embrowned; spine extremities mildly softened; mild offset to the endpapers; signed in ink by the author on the title page. Price-clipped dustwrapper is lightly sunned along the spine panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$40
91188
Sprague de Camp, L. & Fletcher Pratt
The Mathematics of Magic Volume 2 The Enchanter Stories of de Camp and Pratt
Nesfa Press, Framingham, 2007.
Hardcover, octavo; red cloth boards with silver gilt spine titling; 507pp. Minor wear only; fine in like dustwrapper and now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$45
96225
Tolkien, J.R.R.
The Lord of the Rings - Three Volumes The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; & The Return of the King
George Allen & Unwin Ltd., London, 1973.
Seventh impression of the second, revised edition. Three volumes: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 1,215pp. [423pp. + 352pp. + 440pp.], top edges dyed red, with a folding map tipped in to each volume. Moderate wear; bindings lightly rolled; spine extremities softened and mild insect damage to the board edges; text block edges mildly spotted and the top edge of Volume 1 faded; previous owner's ink inscriptions to the half title page of Volumes 2 and 3 and to the blank page facing the half-title of Volume 1. Dustwrappers are lightly rubbed with mild insect damage to the spine panel extremities and flap-turns, with a few nibbles to the main panels and spine panels; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$200
201190
Tolkien, J.R.R. (Christopher Tolkien, ed.)
The Fall of Arthur
HarperCollins, 2013.
First edition: hardcover, octavo; black boards with gilt spine titling, gray endpapers; 233pp., colour frontispiece. Mildly toned text block edges. Near fine in like dustwrapper.
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$30
83380
Tolkien, J.R.R. (Christopher Tolkien, ed.; Alan Lee, illus.)
The Children of Hurin - "Narn I Chin Hurin" The Tale of the Children of Hurin
HarperCollins Publishers, London, 2007.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling; 315pp., with a folding map, eight colour plates and many monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; boards rubbed and edgeworn; a heavy bump to the fore-edge of the lower board affecting the dustwrapper; text block top edge dusted. Dustwrapper is very isd rubbed and edgeworn; a small tear to the lower flap-turn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$30
209256
Tolkien, J.R.R. (Foreword by Donald Swann, arr.)
The Road Goes Ever On - A Song Cycle Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien Music by Donald Swann with decorations by J.R.R. Tolkien
George Allen & Unwin Ltd., London, 1978.
Second edition: quarto; hardcover, with upper board titling; 76pp. Mild wear; slightly rolled; spine extremities softened; board edges and corners lightly rubbed; mild spotting to text block edges. Dustwrapper rubbed and edgeworn; some marks to the panels; a sticker ghost to the upper panel; light chipping to the spine panel extremities; now backed by archival quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. In this song book the composer Donald Swann gives Tolkien characters Bilbo, Treebeard, Sam Gamgee and Tom Bombadil tunes for their ballads of the road. Professor Tolkien approved of this and added a tune of his own, decorated the book in his own hand and added a glossary of Elvish terms and lore that appears nowhere else.
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$40
68061
Williamson, Jack (Stephen E Fabian, illus.)
Golden Blood - signed, numbered limited edition
Popular Fiction Publishing, Edgewater, 1978.
Octavo; hardcover; 267pp. Mild wear; random spotting to the text block edges, Slightly scuffed dustwrapper with light wear to edges and corners; a few spots on inner flaps of dustwrapper; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. Limited edition of 1500, of which 150 are numbered and signed in ink by the author and artist - this being No 18.
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$100
98814
Wyndham, John
The Man from Beyond And Other Stories
Michael Joseph Ltd., London, 1975.
First edition. Octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine titles; 283pp. Minor wear; slightly rolled; softening to the spine extremities; publisher's ink stamp to the flyleaf; the last signature unopened due to a guillotining error. Dustwrapper mildly edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$75
94781
Zelazny, Roger
Today We Choose Faces
Millington Ltd., London, 1974.
First UK edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 174pp. Mild wear; slightly rolled; text block and page edges lightly toned; faint offset to the endpapers; old inked price to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper is very lightly edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$85