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THE WELL OF THE UNICORN. George U. Fletcher, Fletcher Pratt. THE WELL OF THE UNICORN.
New York: William Sloan Associates, (1948). First edition. The first of his two major fantasy novels. Spine a little shaken, otherwise near fine in faintly foxed, very good dust jacket with edges nicked and rubbed, and few small tears.

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LO! Charles Fort. LO!
Alexander King. New York: Claude Kendall, (1931). First edition. Tales of the unexplained, recorded by Ford, with an introduction by Tiffany Thayer, founder of the "Fortean Society" which once counted among its followers such literary luminaries of the day as Theodore Dreiser, Booth Tarkington, Ben Hecht, Alexander Woollcott and H. L. Mencken. Illustrated with 12 full-page plates by Alexander King. Charles Hoy Fort (1874-1932) studied and wrote about anomalous phenomena, inspiring and influencing numerous science fiction writers with his tales of strange happenings. An unusually fine copy with just a touch of rubbing to the fragile yellow spine stamping; in a bright, near fine dust jacket with only minor wear.

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OUTLANDER. Diana Gabaldon. OUTLANDER.
NewYork: Delacorte Press, (2011). First edition thus: a first printing of the 20th Anniversary Edition of the first novel in the OUTLANDER series (basis for the popular TV series). Includes a new essay, map and timeline of historical events; a reader's guide by Catherine MacGregor; and CD featuring 4 tracks from "Outlander the Musical." Padded pictorial paper boards; ribbon place marker; CD in (unopened) envelope tipped in at rear. Near fine with light shelf wear to corners and spine ends and few small soiled spots to page edges. Not issued in a dust jacket.

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A TRANSATLANTIC TUNNEL, HURRAH! Harry Harrison. A TRANSATLANTIC TUNNEL, HURRAH!
London: Faber and Faber, (1972). First British edition. SIGNED by the author on half-title page. Published in the States as TUNNEL THROUGH THE DEEPS. An alternate history story set in (an alternate) 1973--George Washington lost the Battle of Lexington, and was executed as a traitor, and as a result America has remained a British colony which still dreams of independence. One corner lightly bumped, otherwise fine in bright, near fine dust jacket with inconspicuous tear.

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THE LOST CAVERN And Other Tales of the Fantastic. H. F. Heard. THE LOST CAVERN And Other Tales of the Fantastic.
New York: Vanguard Press, (1948). First edition. Near fine in very good dust jacket with one-inch splits at bottom of rear flap and spine folds neatly repaired on verso with archival tape. Still attractive.

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ORPHANS OF THE SKY. Robert Heinlein. ORPHANS OF THE SKY.
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1963. True first edition. Although the dust jacket proclaims it to be the "First publication in this country of "A Classic of Science Fiction," the UK edition actually precedes the U.S. Contains two novellas published in the U.S. in serial form in Astounding Science Fiction magazine, "Universe" and "Common Sense" (together they are part of Heinlein's "Future History" series). Book shows subtle evidence of a previous life in a library--front free endpaper very neatly excised, thinning to few areas from erasure (title/copyright leaf; base of last page), and touch of minor wrinkling to rear free endpaper--which is too bad because otherwise it is near fine in a fine dust jacket. TRUE FIRST EDITION.

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DUNE. Frank Herbert. DUNE.
Philadelphia: Chilton Books, (1965). First edition in first-issue dust jacket priced $5.95 and with 4-lines of publisher's information at base of rear flap. Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel. Near fine in bright dust jacket with professional repair to shallow chips on spine ends and corners. A nice copy. AWARD-WINNING, SCI-FI HIGHSPOT.

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THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND: And Other Novels. William Hope Hodgson. THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND: And Other Novels.
Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1946. First combined edition: four novels, appearing in the U.S. for the first time. Only a little over 3,000 copies printed. H. P. Lovecraft lists the title novel and other works by Hodgson as among his greatest influences (Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature). Spine lettering somewhat dulled, otherwise would be near fine; in very good or better Hannes Bok-illustrated dust jacket with shallow chipping and short splits to rear flap fold.

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THE WANDERER. Fritz Leiber. THE WANDERER.
London: Dennis Dobson, (1967). First UK edition and first edition in hardback of this Hugo Award-winning book. In first-issue dust jacket without Seacon seal on front cover. Bright and near fine in like dust jacket with spine subtly tanned, light crease to top front panel, and only mild soiling to rear panel.

[Book #53313]       Price: $300.00
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SIDEWISE IN TIME: And Other Scientific Adventures. Murray Leinster. SIDEWISE IN TIME: And Other Scientific Adventures.
Chicago: Shasta Publishers, 1950. First edition. His second story collection. SIGNED by the author as Leinster, and with his real name, William F[itzgerald] Jenkins. Leinster is credited with the invention of parallel universe stories, such as this collection's title story, which first appeared in 1934 in Astounding Stories magazine. Hinges a little darkened, still fine in lightly soiled dust jacket, slightly tanned at spine, and nicked at spine ends and corners.

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THE SHUNNED HOUSE. H. P. Lovecraft. THE SHUNNED HOUSE.
Athol, Mass. W. Paul Cook / The Recluse Press, 1928. First edition sheets, one of only 100 copies bound by Arkam House in 1961 of Lovecraft's first book of fiction. W. Paul Cook planned to publish "Shunned House" in the first issue of his magazine, The Recluse, but in 1928 he printed approximately 300 sets of sheets with an introduction by Frank Belknap for a separate book edition instead. He neither published nor bound the sheets. In 1934, Robert Barlow (later to be Lovecraft's literary executor) reportedly received 225 copies of the sheets, distributing around 50 over the next few years, some unbound and others in various bindings. Arkham House subsequently obtained approximately 150 useable sets of sheets and issued 50 unbound copies circa 1959 and 100 in black cloth boards in 1961, this being one of the copies in black cloth boards. State "A" of the copyright cancel label per Currey. Slim, small octavo black cloth boards lettered in gilt on spine. Near fine with tiny scratch to bottom front board and spine lettering rubbed as usual but still wholly readable. Issued without dust jacket. [Joshi 1-A-5. Currey C(2)]. LOVECRAFT'S FIRST BOOK.

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LILITH: A Romance. George MacDonald. LILITH: A Romance.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1895. First edition. Fantasy novel [Blieler 351]. 8vo, black cloth, gilt spine lettering, patterned endpapers printed in light blue, untrimmed; 32-page publisher's catalog dated March, 1895, at rear. A good, solid copy with cloth at spine ends mostly chipped away, boards exposed at corners, an inexpertly mended split in the rear spine gutter, scattered foxing to page edges, and light stain on front pastedown through to verso of front free endpaper. Scarce.

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THE SAGA OF PLIOCENE EXILE: The Many-Colored Land (1981); The Golden Torc (1982); The Nonborn King (1983); The Adversary (1984); and A Pliocene Companion: Being A Reader's Guide (1984). Julian May. THE SAGA OF PLIOCENE EXILE: The Many-Colored Land (1981); The Golden Torc (1982); The Nonborn King (1983); The Adversary (1984); and A Pliocene Companion: Being A Reader's Guide (1984).
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1981 - 1984. First edition of each volume, a LIMITED ISSUE housed together IN PUBLISHER'S SLIPCASE. Number 262 of 500 sets, each volume SIGNED BY MAY in green ink on a tipped-in colophon page. This four-volume "Saga of the Exiles" (as it's known in the UK) was May's first fiction written for adults to be published under her own name. The narrative surrounds the adventures of a group of outcasts on a one-way trip to the Pliocene Epoch for, they hope, a utopian escape from the complexity and politics of their present-day intergalactic society (Wikipedia). The companion volume includes a glossary, descriptions of the characters, maps, a chronology, and three interviews with the author. The books are all crisp and fine in near fine to fine dust jackets with the barest wear. Slipcase shows light rubbing to corners and one edge but is otherwise fine. HER BEST-KNOWN SERIES.

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THE CITY & THE CITY. China Mieville. THE CITY & THE CITY.
New York: Ballantine Books, (2009). First edition, second printing. INSCRIBED by author on title page, "To Britt, Glad we agree on the scary democracy. Cheers!" Fine in fine dust jacket.

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PUZZLE BOX. Anthony More. PUZZLE BOX.
Raven Court: Trover Hall, 1946. First edition and only edition. One of a stated 2,000 copies. Near fine in like dust jacket with shallow chipping to head of spine and one small tear.

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NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR: The Facsimile of the Extant Manuscript. George Orwell, Daniel G. Siegel Peter Davison. NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR: The Facsimile of the Extant Manuscript
Weston, Mass. M & S Press, 1984. First edition thus. A folio-sized volume, bound in quarter navy-blue "Niger goat" leather over marbled boards and housed in the original cloth-covered slipcase. Number 58 of 275 copies bound as such. (An additional 55 were bound in full leather.) Over 40% of Orwell's handwritten fourth draft is reproduced in facsimile with a typescript, including corrections, on opposing pages. According to Orwell's second wife, Sonia (as quoted in the Peter Davidson's introduction), "George always threw away all his mss., letters etc, so his actual working methods are very badly docmented." And those that have survived are generally typescript, making the handwritten manuscript particularly interesting. Edited by Daniel G. Siegel. Fine in slipcase with just a touch of scuffing to one edge, still fine. UNACCOUNTABLY SCARCE.

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DOUBLE JEOPARDY. Fletcher Pratt. DOUBLE JEOPARDY.
New York: Doubleday & Co. 1952. First edition. Fine in near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to spine ends and tips, green on spine toned to gray, and one inconspicuous tear.

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THE GOLDEN COMPASS, THE SUBTLE KNIFE and THE AMBER SPYGLASS. His Dark Materials; Books One, Two and Three. Philip Pullman. THE GOLDEN COMPASS, THE SUBTLE KNIFE and THE AMBER SPYGLASS. His Dark Materials; Books One, Two and Three.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (1995, 1997, 2000). First American edition of each. All three volumes in the "His Dark Materials" trilogy. SUBTLE KNIFE shows slight dip to spine, otherwise all three volumes are bright and fine in bright, fine dust jackets with the barest of shelfwear.

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THE SIGN ON ROSIE'S DOOR. Maurice Sendak. THE SIGN ON ROSIE'S DOOR.
New York: Harper & Brothers, (1960). First edition, with all the correct points per Hanrahan [A41]. A secret knock lets the children into the fun of the colorful imaginary world in Rosie's room. Gift inscription on front endpaper, very faint stain along fore edges of endpapers, otherwise near fine in very good to near fine, bright blue pictorial dust jacket with few tiny rubbed nicks, light soiling on back of front flap and few inconspicuous tears.

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FRANKENSTEIN: Or The Modern Prometheus. Mary Shelley, ollstonecraft. FRANKENSTEIN: Or The Modern Prometheus.
London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831. Third edition, and first edition to be illustrated. The engraved frontispiece in this edition being the first visual depiction of Frankenstein and his creature. William Godwin's 1823 second edition first identified Shelley as the author but this third edition is the first truly popular one. Shelley added an entirely new chapter for this edition, made numerous other revisions, and incorporated changes from the second edition. She also wrote her now famous "Introduction" for this edition, relaying the tale of the novel's genesis at the infamous nocturnal storytelling session with Byron and Polidori. The book was published October 31, 1831, as the ninth "Standard Novel" in Colburn and Bentley's monthly series of reprints. Though there is general consensus that this 1831 issue was only published in a two-volume edition (with this story in the first volume together with first part of Schiller's The Ghost-Seer), write-ups about the Bentley editions state that they were issuing one-volume editions. This is a one-volume edition in dark brown cloth with the title in gilt on the spine, which appears to have been rebacked at some point. "Eliza Kent, July 31st 1846" on pastedown, perhaps making this the copy of botanist and writer Elizabeth Kent, whose older sister Marianne was married to Leigh Hunt, bringing her into lifelong contact with the Romantic writers, including Shelley (Oxford DNB). Extra engraved title page with vignette hand-colored in this copy. Minor wear to covers, frontis and extra title page somewhat darkened but text otherwise quite clean. Lacking the preface leaf (pp.[1-2]) and second leaf in the introduction (pp.vii-viii) both of which are supplied in facsimile. House in specially made brown cloth clamshell case with box with printed spine label.

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THE SNAKE'S PASS. Bram Stoker. THE SNAKE'S PASS.
London: Sampson Low, Marston, et al, 1891. First edition of STOKER'S FIRST NOVEL. An early copy, INSCRIBED JUST TWO DAYS AFTER PUBLICATION to his friend "J. L. Toole / from his affectionate friend / Bram Stoker / 20.11.90." (The copyright date is 1891 but the actual date of publication was November 18, 1890.) English comic actor John Lawrence Toole was a friend of Stoker's and of Henry Irving's. It may seem unlikely now but during his lifetime Stoker was better known as Irving's personal assistant and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned. A testament to the friendship of the men can be found in the dedication to the first volume of Stoker's 1906 biography of Irving, PERSONAL REMINISCENCES OF HENRY IRVING, which reads "To the Memory of John Lawrence Toole Loving Comrade and True Friend of Henry Irving." SNAKE'S PASS is the only novel written by Stoker to be set in his native Ireland and is considered a clear precusor to his later works of horror, including DRACULA. The story traces the troubled romance of traveler Arthur Severn and local peasant girl, Norah Joyce, against the backdrop of the re-telling of the legend of Saint Patrick's defeat of the King of the Snakes in Ireland. Endpapers mended at hinges and cloth touched up at spine ends and corners by an expert in book repair. Spine faded but altogether a very good copy which is free from foxing. Housed in a red-cloth clamshell box with gilt-lettered leather spine label. INSCRIBED TO A FRIEND JUST TWO DAYS AFTER PUBLICATION.

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MACARIO. B. Traven. MACARIO.
Zurich: Buchergilde Gutenberg, 1950. First edition of his last book. Second issue with translator's name on verso of title page [Treverton 927(2)]. German text. Made into a 1960 supernatural drama film directed by Roberto Gavaldon -- the first Mexican film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Spine ends a little pushed in and edges lightly rubbed otherwise near fine. Lacking a dust jacket, if issued in one.

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DICK SANDS: or the Boy Captain. Jules. Ellen E. Frewer Verne. DICK SANDS: or the Boy Captain.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1879. Second U.S. edition but the first fully illustrated one and first edition thus. 94 illustrations including frontispiece, title page illustration, and map -- 92 are full-page plate engravings by Meyer and Barbant. As in most if not all copies, the illustration listed for page 201, "A halt for the night," is not present. 8vo terra-cotta cloth boards ornately decorated in black and gilt on front and spine; pale yellow endpapers. Covers rubbed, small hole to front endpaper at hinge due to old insect damage, rear hinge paper starting, otherwise good to very good with endpapers faintly foxed, light stain to fore edge and contemporary gift inscription on front endpaper. A reasonably attractive copy despite the noted wear.

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THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON. H. G. Wells. THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON.
London: George Newnes, Ltd. 1901. First UK edition. "One of Wells better known and altogether delightful scientific romances" and "an example of Wells humour and satire at its best" (Feir 18). In first-issue binding of gilt-stamped, dark-blue cloth boards with black endpapers (later issues are in light blue cloth stamped in black). Twelve full-page illustrations, including the frontispiece, tipped in as called for. Very nearly fine with spine ends and corners a little rubbed. Increasingly difficult to find in this nice condition. ONE OF WELLS' CLASSICS.

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WEST INDIA LIGHTS. Henry S. Whitehead. WEST INDIA LIGHTS.
Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1946. First edition. Collection of fantasy and horror short stories; only a little over 3,000 copies printed. Gilt spine lettering dulled, otherwise near fine in very good to near fine Ronald Clyne-illustrated dust jacket with light soiling to rear panel, slight tanning to spine, and 2 small tears to top edge front panel with light creasing between.

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