Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Book Sale: “I Bequeath” by Forrest J Ackerman

The recent death of Forrest J Ackerman and yesterday’s post at the blog SF Signal about the used and rare book site AbeBooks reminds me of an interesting Ackerman item that I first saw listed on AbeBooks several weeks ago. The item, titled “I Bequeath,” is a 23-page list of books that Forry had printed up back in 1946:
I Bequeath ... I, Forrest J. Ackerman, being of imaginative mind, bequeath to the Fantasy Foundation, upon my demise, my 1300 fantasy books (4 July 46).”

Publisher: Published for the Author, Hollywood, CA
Publication Date: 1946
Binding: staple-bound Wrappers
Book Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition

Description: 23 leaves, including front cover, with single-spaced text mimeographed on recto side only. One leaf may be missing,
at end. (4to) 11x8½, original printed tan paper staple-bound wrappers. One of 500 copies, mimeographed by C. Everett Evans, plus additional pencil notations and check marks throughout; these add a number of titles. These insertions may or may not have be in Ackerman's hand; some distinctive traits appear to match those of the cover signature, others do not. ...

He collected SF books and memorabilia from the very first, publishing in I Bequeath (to the Fantasy Foundation) a bibliography of the first 1300 items, and eventually housing his 300,000-item library, which he called the Fantasy Foundation, in a 17-room house in Hollywood, the maintenance of which proved difficult to manage over the years. The library was further celebrated in Souvenir Book of Mr. Science Fiction's Fantasy Museum (1978). Disposals of collectable books have been made at times; and part of the library was auctioned in 1987, grossing over $550,000. ...

Price: $1,975
Forry described the birth of “I Bequeath” in fanzine Mimosa 18.

Rest in peace, Forrest J Ackerman.

1 comment:

Brian Barker said...

Uncle Forry was a great pioneer for the new global language, Esperanto.
Dankon al vi Onklo Forry, pere de http://www.lernu.net