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    One of Only Five 'Palmer' Copies

    Stanley G. Weinbaum. Dawn of Flame and Other Stories. [Jamaica, N.Y., Rupert Printing Service, 1936]. First edition. One of only five copies prepared for sponsors or contributors ("Palmer" copies) by Raymond A. Palmer who wrote the introduction (uncredited), with Palmer's signed card dated 9/5/34, laid-in. Jerry Weist's copy with the inscription of Forrest J. Ackerman on the colophon: "My "Palmer copy" / with me from / 1936 till 2000 / happily put into / the appreciative / preserving hands / of / My Dear Friend / Jerry Weist / Forrest / Ackermann / 83." With two photos of Ackerman inscribing the book to Weist laid-in. Octavo. [316] pages. With portrait frontispiece inserted. Publisher's full black "Fabrikoid", front board lettered in gilt. Text just a bit toned, fine. From the collection of Dr. Stuart David Schiff.

    The author's posthumous first book. Essentially a memorial volume prepared by the Milwaukee Fictioneers, an informal fan group of which Weinbaum was a member. Included are seven short stories and novelettes by Weinbaum, including the first book appearance of his classic A Martian Odyssey. Five hundred copies were printed but only 250 were bound (the remaining 250 unbound copies were destroyed in a flood). Five of the bound copies have an introduction by Raymond A. Palmer, the remainder have one by Lawrence Keating. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3-66; (1981) 2-114; (1987) 2-125; (1995) 2-135; and (2004) II-1221. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 224. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1353-56. Bleiler (1978), p. 204. Reginald 14956. A seminal volume in the history of the SF specialty press.




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