Monday, September 15, 2008

Book Sale: Fredric Brown's Novel, Martians, Go Home (1955)

A book seller at has a neat first edition of Fredric Brown’s novel, Martians, Go Home (1955). As the description below indicates, this copy has a signed inscription by Brown to science fiction fan, author, and anthologist Forrest J Ackerman. Presumably, the two men were friends, dating back to their days together in the legendary Los Angeles Science Fiction League, an early science fiction fan club that met at Clifton’s Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles.
Martians, Go Home, by Fredric Brown (1955)

Publisher: E. P. Dutton & Company, New York
Publication Date: 1955
Binding: Boards
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First edition

Description: Presentation copy with signed inscription by Brown to Forrest J Ackerman on front free endpaper: "To Forrie / Fred Brown." A fine copy in fine dust jacket. Tiny plastic "A" affixed at head of dust jacket spine panel (Ackerman's method of identifying signed books in his collection). Copies of this book signed or inscribed by Brown are uncommon.

Price: $1,000
Brown's novel is just one of several Martian sci-fi books mentioned in "Onward to Mars," an interesting article that appeared in Time magazine back in July 1988.

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