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    [Various Authors]: Cosmos. (New York: Fantasy Magazine, 1935), first edition thus, 287 pages collectively, cover and title page design by Hannes Bok, paper covered stiff boards, 12mo (5.5" x 7.5"), pulp paper slightly toned and the inside hinges have been reinforced, else near fine. One of the mythical bound copies of the famous "story robin" written a chapter at a time by eighteen science fiction authors and published in installments in Fantasy Magazine from 1934 to 1935. Fantasy Magazine co-editor J. Aubrey MacDermott commissioned writers ranging from E.E. Smith and John W. Campbell to E. Hoffman Price, A. Merritt, and Lloyd Eshbach to collectively write a science fiction novel which proved to be a big success for the magazine. Extra copies were run off and it is estimated that no more than 25 were bound as a book with its own table of contents. The title page and hand colored and lettered cover were Hannes Bok's first professional sale. Since tear sheets from the magazine were used for the story itself, the pagination isn't consecutively numbered. It is thought the 25 copies were distributed to each of the 18 authors, one to Bok, and one to each of the six Fantasy Magazine editors, and the printer. The copy on offer may well be MacDermott's personal copy as it bears his signature and the notation "when published '34-35" at the bottom of the title page. The book is housed in a beautiful custom-made clamshell quarter leather case with marbled boards. This is certainly a unique opportunity to own this legendary book. From the Ventura Collection.

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