DescriptionFive Science and Invention Magazines Published by Hugo Gernsback. (New York: Experimenter Publishing Company, Inc., 1923-1928), all measure approximately 8.75" x 11.75". Includes the following issues: August 1923, February 1924, May 1925, November 1925, and July 1928. Before he ensured himself immortality in the science fiction community with Amazing Stories, Hugo Gernsback published magazines devoted almost exclusively to practical scientific matters. Over the years, more and more "scientific fiction" seeped into Gernsback's publications, beginning with the August, 1923 issue (one of the issues offered here). Such pioneers of science fiction as Gernsback himself, Ray Cummings, and A. Merritt can be found in the issues in this lot. And in a certain sense, Science and Invention was the predecessor to Amazing Stories, even though Gernsback continued to publish both simultaneously, leaving the focus on "real" science in Science and Invention. In addition, most of the cover illustrations in these magazines were fantasy or science fiction in nature, often depicting scenes later made famous on the covers of countless fantasy and science fiction pulp titles. The magazines in this lot are in very good to near mint condition, with only minimal edge wear present, understandable for periodicals from the 1920s. This is a truly gorgeous collection of rare early science fiction.
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