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    Four First Edition Fantasy Press Novels by John Taine, including: The Forbidden Garden. Illustrated by A. J. Donnell. Reading, Pennsylvania: Fantasy Press, 1947. First edition. Octavo. 278 pages. Four illustrated plates, including the frontispiece. Publisher's tan cloth covers with the spine lettered and ruled in gilt. Black illustrated dust jacket designed by A. J. Donnell. Illustrated endpapers. Minor rubbing to the covers and jacket, some very tiny closed tears to the jacket edges, minor toning to the endpapers. Altogether a very good copy. Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960) utilized his given name for mathematical and other non-fiction works, while he utilized his pen name John Taine for his works in fiction. The author mixes horticultural fact with imaginative fiction in this adventurous novel about the cultivation of highly destructive flowers. [and:] G. O. G. 666. Decorations by John T. Brooks. Reading, Pennsylvania: Fantasy Press, Inc., [1954]. First edition. Octavo. 251 pages. Several small illustrations throughout the text. Publisher's tan cloth covers with the spine lettered and ruled in gilt. Illustrated dust jacket designed by John T. Brooks. Illustrated endpapers in cream and maroon. Very minor rubbing to the jacket, some very small tears to the edges of the dust jacket. Altogether a very good copy. Emotions, scientific experimentation, and international scheming combine to make this novel a tantalizing tale which centers upon Russian scientists traveling to America. [and:] The Crystal Horde. Decorations by Hannes Bok. Reading, Pennsylvania: Fantasy Press, 1952. First edition. Octavo. 254 pages. Several small illustrations throughout the text. Publisher's tan cloth covers with the spine lettered and ruled in gilt. Illustrated dust jacket designed by Hannes Bok. Illustrated endpapers in green and white. Very minor rubbing to the jacket, else a near fine copy. Originally published as White Lily upon the pages of Amazing in 1930, and was later collected with Seeds of Life under the title White Lily in 1966. [and:] Seeds of Life. Decorations by Ric Binkley. Reading, Pennsylvania: Fantasy Press, 1951. First edition, first binding. Octavo. 255 pages. Several small illustrations throughout the text. Publisher's tan cloth covers with the spine lettered and ruled in gilt. Illustrated dust jacket designed by Ric Binkley. Illustrated endpapers in brown and cream. Very lightly rubbed jacket, minor sunning to the jacket spine. Altogether a very good copy. This tale originally appeared upon the pages of Amazing in the Fall of 1931.

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