Saturday, October 18, 2008

Book Sale: Planet Plane by John Beynon (1936)

A tale about a million dollar contest to complete the first interplanetary journey to Mars, Planet Plane, written by John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris under the pseudonym John Beynon, was published as a hardcover novel in 1936 in the United Kingdom. It was not until nearly forty years later, in 1972, that the novel was published in the United States, as the paperback Stowaway to Mars, under the pseudonym John Wyndham. Here’s the description of a signed first edition of Planet Plane for sale at AbeBooks:
Planet Plane, a novel by John Beynon (1936)

Publisher: London, Newnes
Publication Date: 1936
Binding: Hardcover
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition

Description: First Edition, First Impression. With first issue dustjacket priced 3/6 on the inner flap. Signed as John Beynon on the title page. Although born as John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris, his most famous titles appear under the moniker John Wyndham. 8vo. Original yellow cloth, titles to spine in black. With the dustjacket. Hinges split, some uneven discolouration to spine, foxing to fore edge, dustjacket chipped to spine tips and corners, spine faded, edges strengthened by sellotape. A very rare item signed with the dustjacket.

Price: $3,568
You can read Stowaway to Mars online at Arthur's Classic Novels.

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