A. E. van Vogt: Author's Personal Gift Copy of The Book of Ptath. (Reading, Pennsylvania: Fantasy Press, 1947), first edition, 227 pages, illustrated, red leather with gilt lettering on spine, 12mo (5.25" x 7.5"), dust jacket (in protective Mylar). Dust jacket design and illustrations by A.J. Donnell. One of the four initial inductees into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, A.E. van Vogt is an original master of the golden age of science fiction. This is a fascinating special copy of one of van Vogt's best books. It is, in fact, van Vogt's personal copy, given to him by Fantasy Press founder and publisher, Lloyd Arthur Eshbach. The limitation page, bound in between the copyright page and the contents page, states that "This Special Edition is limited to two copies, numbered, autographed and bound in leather." It also has a personalized handwritten note by Eshbach, reading in full: "For A.E. van Vogt - as an expression of our appreciation for his fine work as a writer, and our thanks for his cooperation with Fantasy Press." It is signed by four members of the managing staff of Fantasy Press underneath the note: "L. A. Eshbach A. J. Donnell G. H. MacGregor L. H. Houck". This copy is near fine, with minor edge wear present to the book and jacket, and mild age-toning to the textblock edges. The jacket also shows minimal chipping at the spine ends. Still, this is a rare chance to own van Vogt's personal copy of one of his finest works. From the Ventura Collection.

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