Thursday, October 9, 2008

Book Sale: Copies of Stanley G. Weinbaum’s Classic Short Story, “A Martian Odyssey

Interested in an investment opportunity that might actually appreciate in value? How about an older copy of “A Martain Odyssey” (1934), a classic tale of Mars by Stanley G. Weinbaum and considered one of the best science fiction short stories ever written!

Consider these three offerings, listed at AbeBooks:

Wonder Stories magazine, Vol. 6, # 2 (July 1934)

Publisher: Stellar Publishing Co., New York
Publication Date: 1934
Binding: Illustrated Wrappers
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition
Description: An exceptional copy with a trace of usage. Contains
"A Martian Odyssey", Weinbaum's innovative and classic story, later published by Fantasy Press in the collection by that name.
Price: $283.50

Dawn of Flame and Other Stories, by Weinbaum (1936)

Publisher: Jamaica, N.Y.: Printed by Rupert Printing Service
Publication Date: 1936
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Description: pp. 313 ... inserted frontispiece (photographic portrait of Weinbaum), original black fabrikoid, front panel stamped in gold, all edges stained red. First edition. The author's posthumous first book. This memorial volume collecting seven short stories and novelettes by Weinbaum, including the first book appearance of his classic "A Martian Odyssey," was prepared by the Milwaukee Fictioneers, an informal fan group of which Weinbaum was a member. 500 copies were printed, but only 250 were bound. Five of the bound copies have an introduction by Raymond A. Palmer, the remainder (including this one) have one by Lawrence Keating. This copy is signed by Palmer on the recto of the sponsor leaf. ... A fine copy without dust jacket as issued. A seminal volume in the history of the SF specialty press.
Price: $2,500

A Martian Odyssey and Others, by Weinbaum (1949)

Publisher: Reading, Pennsylvania: Fantasy Press
Publication Date: 1949
Binding: Hardcover
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: 1st Edition
Description: Octavo, cloth. First edition. One of 500 special copies with numbered limitation leaf inserted. ... A fine copy in fine dust jacket with touch of rubbing at head and tail of spine panel and front corner tips and tiny inked check marks against titles listed on rear panel. A very nice copy.
Price: $350

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