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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Fanscient Summer 1950 (No. 12)

pages 18, 19

(I'll show more in future posts)

This was a nice trip to the past with some legendary writers in their earlier careers.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Fanscient Summer 1950 (No. 12)

pages 16,17

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Obscure Fanzine (1948-1949) with Keller, Bloch, Hoffman Price, and others

Here are some interesting vintage fanzines that show how the "names" really did what they could to support the local and regional fan magazines. They'd send letters, write short articles, pose for pictures, and anything else they could do to help with the circulation of these fanzines.

NUMBER 7, Vol. 2 No. 1 (February 1949)
Fiction – The Sea—Rex (by Evan H. APPELMAN), Library Notes (by Joe SCHAUMBURGER); Articles – Fantasy Collecting (by S. A. PEEBLES), Fantasy on Record (by R. H. RAMSAY), U-N-A-E-C—Will It Work? (by C. Lee RIDDLE); Letters from: Len MOFFATT, E. Hoffmann PRICE, Jim HARMON, et al.; Ski Duty (cartoon by Ed HUGHES). Cover by Jack R. WAIDA. * VERY GOOD-, back detached (but present). 22 pages. Addressed on back to: Robert F. (Flavie) CARSON (Rich Hill, MO.).

NUMBER 8, Vol. 2 No. 2 (May 1949 – Anniversary Issue)
The Key (by John A. KEEL), The Fallacy of Mass Rule (by Vaughn GREENE), Dear Editor (by C. Lee RIDDLE), The Experiment That Failed (by Edward W. LUDWIG), Why We Lost the Battle of Tel-Amen (by Donn BRAZIER), Library Notes (book review, by David H. KELLER), Lament for a Lost Love (verse, by Robert BLOCH), The First Modern Horror Novel (by Anthony BOUCHER), The Sacrifice (by Jack CORDES), A Suggestion (by Jack RIGGS). * GOOD+/VG-, old water staining at top corners. 32 pages. “R. Flavie Carson” penned inside front cover.


VOLUME 1 NUMBER 3 (October 1948)
Fiction – Identity (by Wally WEBBER); Poetry – North Plains Tale (by R. Flavie CARSON), The Thing in the Swamp (Jack CORDES), A Fan (by Franklin M. DIETZ, JR.), The Return of Nature (by David H. KELLER, M.D.); Articles – Let’s Graph It (by the editor), Frankenstein: 1817-1948 (by Claude PLUM). Cover by John GROSSMAN. * GOOD, old water staining to top corners and bottom edge, front detached at top staple, back detached (but present). 22 pages. Addressed on back to: Robert F. (Flavie) CARSON (Rich Hill, MO.). Pages 19 and 20 of PEON #2, LAID IN.

NUMBER 6 (January 1949)
Going Home (by D. MASON); The Happy Physicist To His Nymph and Ode Upon the NEW YORKER’s Discovery of Science Fiction (forced upon us by D. and V. MASON); Fantasy Collecting (by S. A. PEEPLES); The Green Letter (response by Thomas M. SAWRIE); Happy (?) New Year! (cartoon by Ed HUGHES). * GOOD+, old water staining to top corner, light soiling, double-hole punch throughout. 8 pages. Addressed on back to: Robert F. (Flavie) CARSON (Rich Hill, MO.).

Saturday, July 26, 2008

1941 Fanzine

This item recently seen on the ebayeum, an interesting and somewhat typical fanzine of the period. The "names" would usually reach down and assist in some way to help a 'zine. Cool illustration.
SUN SPOTS #20 (October 1941) 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 12 pages. Excellent like new condition. Good printing on good paper (not mimeo or ditto).
Article by Eando Binder (actually Earl and/or Otto Binder) about writing for comic books. He mentions Jerry Siegel, The Human Torch, Captain Marvel and other comics. One of the earliest mentions of comic books in a science fiction fanzine. Article by Ralph Milne Farley "What Is Time" written especially for this fanzine. Letter from Forry Ackerman signed "4E Ackerman." Letter from Hugo Gernsback agreeing to write an article for them at the rate of 2 cents a word (a high rate in those days) and the editor reluctantly turning him down. A fanzine review column and more.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Interesting Henry Kuttner Item


Henry Kuttner (1915-1958) was not only partners (and amrried to) C L Moore, but a mentor to Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, and others. He was somewhat tutored in his earlier days by H P Lovecraft. So, too, he befriended Marion Zimmer Bradley and Richard Matheson who dedicated his 1954 novel I Am Legend to Kuttner.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Nelson Bond to Roy Squires (18 August 1971)

Arkham House author Nelson Bond writes a congratulatory letter to fine pressman Roy A. Squires for two of his booklets ..."I think you are doing an excellent job of issuing lovely and distinctive items of interest to discriminating collectors".
Both Squires & Bond were noted booksellers as well. An interesting letter from one bookseller to another and a nice example of an Arkham House author's signature.
With original mailing envelope.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Robert Bloch Letter (1978)

January, 1978
Autograph letter signed from Robert Bloch with some interesting commentary..."(Marion Zimmer Bradley) the more I read her recent articles on the state of the genre the more impressed I become with her insight-and as for personal reminiscences like thie one, they're a sheer delight........" and on Hugo Gernsback..."I must say I agree that he doesn't deserve to have an award named after him, but then, who does?" // Robert Bloch was one of the legends in the genre his "Psycho", "Yours Truly Jack the Ripper", and "The Hell-Bound Train" are classics. A wonderful addition to your collection. // Nice example of Robert Bloch signature.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Science Fiction Review 6 January 1964

This is the last of this series I discovered. Sorry only the 1st page was available for each issue. Each image should expand into a new window when you click on that image. It's interesting to take a trip back 44 years into the past and read about these classic items when they were still sparkling new. -Chrispy

Friday, July 18, 2008

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Groff Conklin

40 years ago.

From Science Fiction Times # 457: Groff Conklin, leading science fiction antholgist, died July 20 {1968} at his summer home in Pawling, NY. He was 63 years old at the time of his death, which was due to emphysema. His permanent home was in New York City. // Mr. Conklin edited a total of 38 science fiction and fantasy anthologies. His first, The Best Science Fiction (1946) was the first hard-cover collection to specifically use the term 'Science Fiction' in its title. With very few exceptions, Mr. Conklin selected stories for his books which had not been published in other anthologies. // He was editor of Grasset & Dunlap's sf series in the early 1950's, and was book reviewer for Galaxy magazine for 5 years starting with the first, October 1950, issue. Mr. Conklin also wrote an introduction to Theodore Sturgeon's colleaction, A Way Home. // Mr. Conklin was also active outside of the field. For the last three years he was science editor for the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language which is being prepared for publication next year. He wrote books on home improvement and maintenance, and had been a freelance writer on scientific and technical subjects. He was formerly book editor for Robert M McBride & Co. and scientific researcher for the N W Ayer & Son advertising agency.

An issue of The Fantasite

THE FANTASITE #5 (1944), Science Fiction Fanzine. Clifford Simak was eventually associated with the group that published this: the Minnesota Fantasy Society. (Begun in the Twin Cities).

Science Fiction Review 13 April 1964

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Science Fiction Review 7 December 1964

Rare Walter Coslet Fanzine (1947)

Fanzine "Fapasnix" Vol 1 #3-1947 from Walter Coslet from 1947 includes Index To Weird Tales , 1946 // Dorothy Coslet - Hubby's Hobby // Walter Coslet - Helena Toastmasters Club Speech.

From Wikipedia

Walter Allen Coslet (born in Lewistown, Montana on October 31, 1922, died in Helena, Montana on November 29, 1996). A a well known science fiction fan, collector, and fanzine publisher as well as a charter member of the International Society of Bible Collectors, writing many articles for the society's publications. He served the National Fantasy Fan Federation as both a Vice-President (1947) and President (1955).

Coslet was the only child of Arthur Allen Coslet and Bessie Fodushia Pickett; at age four his right arm was injured and a bone had to be removed because it failed to heal. The family moved to Sunnyside, Washington when he entered 2nd grade, to avoid having to have him vaccinated, but returned to Denton, Montana after Washington also passed mandatory vaccination laws for school aged children. His interest in science fiction began in his early teens and he began collecting in 1937. When his mother objected to his reading science fiction he began reading it in the barn. He graduated from high school in Denton in 1941. The childhood injury to his right arm kept him out of military service in World War II.

Coslet attended Prairie Bible Institute in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada for one year . Among his early jobs he worked as a truck driver on a ranch and spent a few weeks as a shepherd.

After taking the State Merit Test he moved to Helena, Montana for his first real job as a clerk in the Department of Labor in 1944. He stayed with this job for 42 years moving up to examiner, determining people's eligibility for unemployment benefits.

Coslet's parents moved from Denton to Helena and took up residence at the Grandon Hotel where Walter already lived. In 1945 He and his mother purchased a house.

Coslet's hobby interests grew, including stamp collecting. From being a member of Linn's Weekly Stamp News stamp collector's stamp exchange he met Dorothy Gawne from Amherst, Ohio. The two traded stamps and corresponded for 2 years before actually meeting in person. By this time Gawne was attending L. I. F. E. Bible College in Los Angeles, California. Coslet and his father came to Los Angeles to visit. The next summer Gawne visited Coslet's home in Helena. One year later, after she finished her studies graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Theology degree, Gawne and Coslet were married on August 12, 1947 in Helena. The new family began taking in foster children in 1950, eventually having cared for four. In 1957 the first of their three sons was born.

Coslet became well known for his vast knowledge of both science fiction and the Bible. Although he sold his science fiction collection, spanning thirty-five years, in 1972 to a collector in Portland, Oregon (the fanzine collection is now in the Albin O. Kuhn Library at the University of Maryland Baltimore County), he continued to accumulate science fiction books and magazines until his death. He had one of the largest private collections of English translations of the Bible in the world.

The 23 oldest and most valuable items in his Bible collection were auctioned by Bonhams & Butterfields on October 17, 2006[1]. Coslet's copy of the Golden Legend was auctioned on December 4, 2006[2].

Friday, July 4, 2008

Scince Fiction Review 17 October 1964

Arkham House Ephemera

a promotional flyer for Arkham House's H.P.L. Dreamer on the Nightside, a biographical memoir by Frank Belknap Long.

Arkham House book catalog from 1968


book catalog from 1970


Arkham House book catalog from 1964


Arkham House order blank from 1968


Arkham House letter to patrons annoucing the death of August Derleth. Also detailing future plans for the company.


^ Order Blank from 1967

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Black Wheel (1947) Hannes Bok & A. Merritt

The seller states: THE BLACK WHEEL by A. MERRITT, completed and illustrated by HANNES BOK (1947, NY, New Collectors Group, Number 932 out of an edition limited to 1000 copies)- 1st edition. Black cloth boards. 115, 2 column pages of fine print, including 6 full page illustrations, counting the title page illo., by HANNES BOK. This is the final novel by the great fantasy writer ABRAHAM MERRITT. The illustrator, HANNES BOK finished the last nineteen chapters after MERRITT's death. There is a tipped in addundum on the back of the title page stating: "THE BLACK WHEEL Chapters I through VII Copyright 1948 by Mrs. E. H. Merritt / THE BLACK WHEEL Chapters VIII through XXVII Copyright 1948 by Hannes Bok". Condition VG+ (No Dust Jacket. Complete. Gilt has almost disappeared from embossed lettering on front cover. General edge and corner wear to cover. Top and bottom of spine bumped/slightly frayed. Some light cover soil. Paper is creamy colored. Inside clean and pretty tight.

Rare Hanes Bok Illustrations

Art by Wayne Woodard aka Hannes "Hans" Bok. This is either a painting, or water color, or color pencil piece 8.5 by 11 on paper. signed "spotted deer" "Hans Bok" in pencil. It has a few minor issues, you can see the outline from the old frame. and there is a small blue mark on the bottom left corner (see photo).

It bears Bok's distinctive stamp in the lower right corner. Drawn on thin tracing paper, the art is in very good condition. The page measures approximately 11.75" x 8". ... HANNES "HANS" BOK (1914 - 1964), a pseudonym for Wayne Woodard, was an American illustrator and writer of fantasy fiction. His style could alternate between, or combine, lush romanticism and humorous grotesquery. His use of time-consuming glazing techniques for his paintings impacted his productivity and limited his output, and therefore his commercial success. Bok won the debut Hugo Award for Best Cover/Professional Artist in 1953.


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