DescriptionFour Robert Heinlein First Editions. Few names evoke more reverence among more fans in the science fiction universe than Robert Heinlein. He was a behemoth among the giants of the field, having received the very first Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America. Along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, Heinlein was one of the "Big Three" names to emerge from the Golden Age of science fiction, and remains wildly popular in the present day. Here are four attractive first editions from Heinlein's heyday of hard science fiction: Assignment in Eternity. (Reading, Pennsylvania: Fantasy Press, 1953), first edition, 256 pages, red cloth with gilt lettering on spine, 12mo (5.25" x 7.75"), dust jacket (in protective mylar). This copy is about very good, with very slight edge wear.
Sixth Column. (New York: Gnome Press, 1949), first edition, 256 pages, black cloth binding with red lettering on the spine and red decorative stamp on the cover, 8vo (5.5" x 8.25"), dust jacket (in protective mylar). Originally serialized in Astounding Science Fiction, the novel centers around a PanAsian invasion of America, where the invaders are the chosen people destined to enslave the American citizenry. It was first published the same year as Pearl Harbor. This copy of Sixth Column is very good, with minimal wear to the head and tail of the spine and the corners. The dust jacket shows noticeable sunning on the spine and slight edge wear, but the cover is vibrant. Handsome edition.
The Door into Summer. (New York: Doubleday and Co., 1957), first edition, 188 pages, red cloth with yellow lettering on the spine, 8vo (5.75" x 8.5"), dust jacket (in protective mylar). Deckled fore-edge. Heinlein wrote this novel in only 13 days, managing to squeeze into the story suspended animation, time travel and a nuclear war. Later, The Monkees named a song after this book. The copy presented here is about very good, with minor wear to the edges. The dust jacket displays some chipping and some wear to the corners.
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag. (New York: Gnome Press, 1959), first edition, 256 pages, gray cloth with yellow, red, and brown stamped lettering on the spine and front board, 8vo (6" x 8.5"), dust jacket (in protective mylar). Deckled fore-edge. The titular story in this collection is a mystery, where the protagonist cannot remember his own profession, so he hires a husband and wife detective duo to tail his every move. This copy is about fine, with minor wear to the head and tail of the spine of this very good dust jacket. Good chance to acquire four scarce Heinlein titles in one place.
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