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    The Entire Run of Fantasy Press, Including All Signed Limited Editions and the Rare Boxed Set of Edward E. "Doc" Smith's The History of Civilization

    [Lloyd Arthur Eshbach, publisher]. Complete Collection of Fantasy Press Signed First Editions, including:

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ONLINE DESCRIPTION IDENTIFIES THE CORRECT COPY OF THE COMETEERS BEING SOLD IN THIS LOT, THE SIGNED LIMITED EDITION. THE DESCRIPTION OF THE COMETEERS IN THE PRINTED CATALOG IS INCORRECT.

    John W. Campbell, Jr. The Black Star Passes. [1953]. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 149. Signed by Campbell on limitation page. Octavo. 254 pages. Publisher's purple cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Toning to endpapers. A fine copy in dust jacket.

    John W. Campbell, Jr. The Incredible Planet. 1949. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 58. Signed by Campbell on limitation page. Octavo. 344 pages. Publisher's purple cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Front hinge cracking. Small spot of soiling on fore-edge. Bookplate on front pastedown and ownership inscription on front free endpaper, both from original subscriber. Dust jacket is minimally rubbed on spine ends. A near fine copy.

    John W. Campbell, Jr. Invaders From the Infinite. [1961]. First edition. Though limitation states 300, there were reportedly only 100 copies printed, all signed. Signed by Campbell on limitation page. Octavo. 189 pages. Publisher's red cloth with black titles on spine. Toning and foxing to endpapers and page edges. This copy also with dust jacket that Eshbach had made in 1990 for this title that never originally came in a jacket. A near fine copy.

    John W. Campbell, Jr. Islands of Space. [1956]. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 8. Signed by Campbell on limitation page. Octavo. 224 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. A fine copy in dust jacket.

    John W. Campbell, Jr. The Moon is Hell! 1951. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 156. Signed by Campbell on limitation page. Octavo. 256 pages. Publisher's purple cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Foxing to endpapers and page edges. Dust jacket is lightly rubbed and foxed with a one-quarter-inch tear at top edge of front panel. A very good copy.

    Robert Spencer Carr. Beyond Infinity. 1951. First edition, limited to 350 copies of which this is number 79. Inscribed by Carr on limitation page. Octavo. 236 pages. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Mildly toned endpapers. Subscriber's bookplate on front pastedown. A fine copy in bright dust jacket.

    Stanton A. Coblentz. Under the Triple Sun. [1955]. First edition, limited to 300 copies of which this is number 76. Inscribed by Coblentz on limitation page. Octavo. 224 pages. Publisher's black cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Lightly foxed on rear panel. A fine copy in crisp dust jacket.

    L. Sprague de Camp and P. Schuyler Miller. Genus Homo. [1950]. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 23. Inscribed by Miller and signed by de Camp on limitation page. Octavo. 225 pages. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Dust jacket has mild rubbing and modest fading along spine. A near fine copy.

    L. Sprague de Camp. Divide and Rule. 1948. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 132. Inscribed by de Camp on limitation page. Octavo. 231 pages. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Spine is leaning. Pages toned. Dust jacket is rubbed with light chipping to spine head. A very good copy.

    Lloyd Arthur Eshbach. Tyrant of Time. [1955]. First edition, limited to 10 unnumbered copies. Signed by Eshbach on title page. Eshbach has additionally signed front free endpaper and written, "One of ten copies in this binding." Octavo. 253 pages. Publisher's blue buckram with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Issued without dust jacket. A fine copy.

    Lloyd Arthur Eshbach. Tyrant of Time. [1955]. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 40. Inscribed by Eshbach on limitation page. Octavo. 253 pages. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Mildly toned endpapers. Dust jacket is lightly rubbed with one-half-inch tear at spine tail. A near fine copy.

    Lloyd Arthur Eshbach. Of Worlds Beyond. The Science of Science Fiction Writing. 1947. First edition. Signed by Eshbach, de Camp, Smith, and Campbell near their contributions. Octavo. 96 pages. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles on spine. Dust jacket is lightly rubbed. A brief passage within John Taine's contribution has been underlined, possibly by one of the other contributors. No signed/limited edition was done of this title. A near fine copy.

    E. Everett Evans. Alien Minds. [1955]. First edition, limited to 300 copies of which this is number 92. Inscribed by Evans on limitation page. Octavo. 223 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Mild fading along top edge and spine. A fine copy in bright dust jacket.

    E. Everett Evans. Man of Many Minds. [1953]. First edition, limited to 300 copies of which this is number 122. Inscribed by Evans on limitation page. Octavo. 222 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Light foxing along top edge. Faintly toned endpapers. Dust jacket is mildly rubbed. Publisher's scarce wraparound band with quote from E.E. "Doc" Smith. A near fine copy.

    Robert A. Heinlein. Assignment in Eternity. [1953]. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 48. Inscribed by Heinlein on limitation page. Octavo. 255 pages. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Limitation page exhibits dampstaining. Dust jacket is bright with one-eighth-inch tears at top edge of front panel and head of spine. A near fine copy.

    Robert A. Heinlein. Beyond This Horizon. 1948. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 65. Inscribed by Heinlein on limitation page. Octavo. 242 pages. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Dust jacket is lightly rubbed with a one-quarter-inch tear at top edge and a one-inch tear at bottom edge of front panel. There is a one-half-inch tear at top edge of rear panel. A near fine copy.

    Murray Leinster. Operation: Outer Space. [1954]. First edition, limited to 300 copies of which this is number 93. Inscribed by Leinster on limitation page. Octavo. 208 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Slight lean to spine. Tiny split in cloth at head of spine. A near fine copy in a sharp dust jacket.

    Thomas Calvert McClary. Three Thousand Years. [1954]. First edition, limited to 300 copies of which this is number 85. Inscribed by McClary on limitation page. Octavo. 224 pages. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Dust jacket is mildly sunned along spine. A fine copy.

    P. Schuyler Miller. The Titan. 1952. First edition, limited to 350 copies of which this is number 70. Inscribed by Miller on limitation page. Octavo. 252 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Mild fading along top edge and spine. Subscriber's bookplate on front pastedown. A fine copy in bright dust jacket.

    Eric Frank Russell. Deep Space. [1954]. First edition, limited to 300 copies of which this is number 103. Inscribed by Russell on limitation page. Octavo. 249 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. A fine copy in dust jacket.

    Eric Frank Russell. Dreadful Sanctuary. 1951. First edition, limited to 350 copies of which this is number 96. Inscribed by Russell on limitation page. Octavo. 276 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Leaning spine. Mildly toned endpapers. Subscriber's bookplate on front pastedown. Dust jacket is rubbed with lightly worn extremities. A very good copy.

    Eric Frank Russell. Sinister Barrier. 1948. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 263. Inscribed by Russell on limitation page. Octavo. 253 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. A fine copy in dust jacket.

    Edward E. "Doc" Smith. Children of the Lens. [1954]. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 52. Inscribed by Smith on limitation page. Octavo. 292 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Spine has a modest lean. Subscriber's information written on front pastedown. Dust jacket is lightly rubbed with modest chipping to spine ends and some areas of tape reinforcement on rear. A very good copy.

    Edward E. "Doc" Smith. First Lensman. 1950. First edition, limited to 500 copies. This copy has number area blacked out on limitation page. Inscribed by Smith on limitation page. Octavo. 306 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Slightly leaning spine. Glue stained joints and hinges. Dust jacket is rubbed and lightly worn with chipping to spine tail and a one-inch pull near spine head. A very good copy.

    Edward E. "Doc" Smith. Galactic Patrol. 1950. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 85. Inscribed by Smith on limitation page. Octavo. 273 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Small puncture in front broad that creates an indention in pastedown and preliminary pages. Minor toning to endpapers. Bookplate on front pastedown and ownership inscription on front free endpaper, both from original subscriber. A near fine copy in beautiful dust jacket.

    Edward E. "Doc" Smith. Gray Lensman. 1951. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 59. Inscribed by Smith on limitation page. Octavo. 306 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. This copy comes with beautiful examples of first run and second run dust jackets. A fine copy.

    Edward E. "Doc" Smith. The History of Civilization. 1955, [1961]. First edition, limited to 75 copies of which this is number 45. Inscribed by Smith on limitation page of first volume. Five remaining volumes signed by Smith on limitation pages. Six octavo volumes. Publisher's dark red half leather with red cloth boards, gilt titles on spine and acetate dust jackets. Housed in publisher's fragile paper box with lid. Books and jackets in fine condition. Box and lid show some expected wear and splits, but still in solid shape. The six titles comprising the Lensman series in overall fine condition. An amazingly scarce set.

    Edward E. "Doc" Smith. Second Stage Lensman. [1953]. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 160. Inscribed by Smith on limitation page. Octavo. 307 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Slight fading to spine ends. Mildly toned endpapers. Subscriber's bookplate on front pastedown. A fine copy in dust jacket.

    Edward E. "Doc" Smith. Skylark Three. 1948. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 168. Inscribed by Smith on limitation page. Octavo. 247 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Mildly toned endpapers with subscriber's information on front free endpaper. Front hinge lightly shaken. Dust jacket is lightly rubbed with modestly sunned spine. A very good copy.

    Edward E. "Doc" Smith. Skylark of Valeron. 1949. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 408. Inscribed by Smith on limitation page. Octavo. 252 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Foxing to front board and spine, endpapers and page edges. Dust jacket is lightly rubbed. A very good copy.

    Edward E. "Doc" Smith. Spacehounds of IPC. 1947. First edition, limited to 300 copies of which this is number 195. Inscribed by Smith on limitation page. Octavo. 257 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Spine has a modest lean. Dust jacket is lightly rubbed with light chipping to spine ends and a one-inch tear to top edge of front panel. A very good copy.

    Edward E. "Doc" Smith. Triplanetary. 1948. Inscribed by Smith with a warm association to Mary Gnaedinger, editor of Famous Fantastic Mysteries on limitation page. This copy has number area blacked out on limitation page. Octavo. 287 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Spine has a slight lean with mild toning to endpapers. Dust jacket is lightly rubbed with modest chipping to spine head. A very good copy.

    Edward E. "Doc" Smith. The Vortex Blaster. [1960]. First edition, one of only 341 copies printed with no limited produced. Octavo. 191 pages. Publisher's green cloth with black titles on spine. Cloth is mildly rubbed. This copy in dust jacket that was reportedly only supplied to subscriber's copies. A fine copy.

    John Taine. The Crystal Horde. 1952. First edition, limited to 300 copies of which this is number 175. Inscribed by Taine on limitation page. Octavo. 254 pages. Publisher's rust cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Foxing to page edges with occasional internal spotting. Dust jacket mildly rubbed and foxed with a one-half-inch tear to top edge of rear panel. A very good copy in bright dust jacket.

    John Taine. The Forbidden Garden. 1947. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 186. Inscribed by Taine on limitation page. Octavo. 278 pages. Publisher's rust cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Dust jacket shows mild wear to extremities. A near fine copy.

    John Taine. G.O.G. 666. [1954]. First edition, limited to 300 copies of which this is number 277. Signed by Taine on limitation page. Octavo. 251 pages. Publisher's rust cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Dust jacket mildly rubbed with modest chipping to spine ends. A near fine copy.

    John Taine. Seeds of Life. 1951. First edition, limited to 300 copies of which this is number 54. Inscribed by Taine on limitation page. Octavo. 255 pages. Publisher's rust cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Dust jacket shows modest rubbing to spine ends. A fine copy.

    A. Hyatt Verrill. The Bridge of Light. 1950. First edition, limited to 300 copies of which this is number 16. Signed by Verrill on limitation page. Octavo. 248 pages. Publisher's rust cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Endpapers toned. Lightly foxed top edge. Dust jacket shows rubbing with chipping to spine tail and top edge of rear panel. Spine mildly sunned. Toning to verso of jacket. A very good copy.

    A. E. van Vogt. The Book of Ptath. 1947. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 472. Inscribed by van Vogt on limitation page and additionally inscribed by Eshbach. Octavo. 227 pages. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Softly bumped corners with a one-inch dampstain on rear board. Dust jacket is lightly rubbed and foxed. A very good copy.

    A. E. van Vogt. Masters of Time. 1950. First edition, limited to 2 copies of which this is number 1. Inscribed by Eshbach to author A. E. van Vogt. Octavo. 227 pages. Publisher's red full leather with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Top edge slightly darkened. Toning to endpapers. Though not originally issued with a dust jacket, this copy supplied with a stunning example. A fine copy of this title's scarcest edition.

    Stanley G. Weinbaum. The Black Flame. 1948. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 356. Octavo. 240 pages. Publisher's black cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Spine has a slight lean. Toning to endpapers. Dust jacket is lightly rubbed and toned on verso. A very good copy.

    Stanley G. Weinbaum. A Martian Odyssey. 1949. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 204. Octavo. 289 pages. Publisher's black cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Modest soiling to page edges. A fine copy in crisp dust jacket.

    Stanley G. Weinbaum. The Red Peri. 1952. First edition, limited to 300 copies of which this is number 57. Octavo. 240 pages. Publisher's black cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Spine has a slight lean. A near fine copy in dust jacket.

    Jack Williamson. The Cometeers. 1950. First edition, limited to 500 signed and numbered copies, of which this is number 43. Inscribed by Williamson on limitation page. Octavo. 310 pages. Publisher's blue-green cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Minor edge wear and rubbing to boards. Mild sunning to spine. Unobtrusive glue stains to top and bottom text edge at the spine. A near fine copy in dust jacket.

    Jack Williamson. Darker Than You Think. 1948. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 23. Inscribed by Williamson on limitation page. Octavo. 310 pages. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Softly bumped corners. A near fine copy in crisp dust jacket.

    Jack Williamson. The Legion of Space. 1947. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 483. Inscribed by Williamson on limitation page. Octavo. 259 pages. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Spine is mildly faded. Ownership stamp on verso of front free endpaper. Author biography, identical to that on rear inner flap, attached to verso of rear leaf. Dust jacket is lightly rubbed with minor sunning to spine. A very good copy.

    Jack Williamson. The Legion of Time. 1952. First edition, limited to 350 copies of which this is number 314. Inscribed by Williamson on limitation page. Octavo. 252 pages. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Spine is mildly darkened with a slight lean. Modest soiling to fore-edge. A near fine copy in sharp dust jacket.

    Arthur Leo Zagat. Seven Out of Time. 1949. First edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 176. Octavo. 240 pages. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles and ruling on spine. Mild discoloring to boards. Lightly foxed page edges. A near fine copy in dust jacket.

    Fantasy Press grew out of Lloyd Arthur Eshbach's frustration after witnessing another publisher's lack of marketing and business acumen. Starting with nothing more than a mailing list, Eshbach created possibly the greatest science fiction small press of the golden era. Although he began with minimal capital and continuously operated on a limited budget, Eshbach possessed an excellent understanding of how to reach the public and get readers excited about new titles. One of the most ground-breaking and forward-thinking contributions Eshbach made to science fiction publishing was the signed/limited edition so often used by today's small presses. This inspiration of selling signed editions in advance of publication provided a means to generate the capital needed for production costs and created a loyal subscriber base that returned for each new title. This formula proved successful until the "bust" of 1955 in which cheaper paperback editions began consuming the market, leading to the demise of many SF-related magazines and small presses. Fantasy Press was no exception to this shakeout, and 1955 was the publisher's last successful year. Succumbing to decreasing sales and rising costs, only four more titles were published after 1955. These final titles, published in extremely small numbers, were mainly to satisfy prior obligations to subscribers. Eshbach's contributions as a publisher also include publishing acclaimed authors such as Robert A. Heinlein, John W. Campbell, Jr., and A. E. van Vogt, as well as "Doc" Smith's seminal Lensman series. The publishing of these authors, as well as the brilliant use of the advance sales of limited editions as a business model, helps illustrate the enormous contribution Lloyd Arthur Eshbach and Fantasy Press made to the science fiction publishing field.

    Offered here is a truly amazing and complete run of Fantasy Press titles, including some incredibly rare high points. Not only are the "impossible" titles here, including Invaders from the Infinite, The Vortex Blaster in dust jacket, and The History of Civilization with box and lid, but there are some "never seen" editions, such as the ultra-rare two-copy edition of Masters of Time by van Vogt, bound in full leather. Eshbach did these two-copy editions of each title for himself and the title's author. This copy was van Vogt's own and inscribed thus. There is also a copy of Of Worlds Beyond signed by four of the eight contributors. Finally, one of the two copies of The Tyrant of Time offered is one of an incredibly scarce edition of ten and bound in full buckram. Seldom are complete runs of Fantasy Press available for sale, but even less so with the editions offered here and in the overall outstanding condition of this wonderful collection.

    Chalker & Owings. The Science-Fantasy Publishers, pages 217-227.




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