14Jan Numbered and Lettered Limited Editions Wanted - Centipede Press, Subterranean Press etc.


We're currently putting together a couple of collections for clients with a focus on modern small / private publishers of science fiction, fantasy and horror. We are looking for regular numbered editions but also, particularly, lettered editions, where applicable. Please be aware that we don't buy all titles from these…

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08Jan Reviews for January 2020


BooksThe GoodDecember never bore much good fruit for me. Perhaps the best was The State of the Art, by Iain M. Banks. Odd Attachment is a truly funny short story, and Descendant is quite moving. Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold was middling, an excellent start to a novel or trilogy, but not…

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05Dec Over-Priced Later Impressions


Something needs to be said about the growing trend of over-priced later printings of first editions.There's something nebulous about the motivation behind book collecting. The desire to own the physical object; a memento or an object d’art, or a concrete representation of nostalgia or achievement, a manifestation of one’s soul,…

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08May The Greatest Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writers to Ever Have Lived, with Rock-Solid Proof


Heads Up: Don't take this too seriously, I think, perhaps, it's primarily nonsense pitted with opinion and anecdote. But hey, it's the 21st Century. So it goes.The IdeaDo you know who's a better fantasy writer than Tolkien? Terry Pratchett. That's a fact*. Also, H.G. Wells is a terrible writer (see…

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09Apr A Complete Collection of Gnome Press Publications


The most rewarding thing about this job is not just helping collectors fill gaps in their collections, but helping collectors fill the last gap in their collection. Recently, one of our clients emailed us to let us know that a book we'd sent had completed their collection of Gnome Press publications.…

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19Feb Where Can I Sell First Edition Books?


One of the questions we get asked the most is where can I sell my [insert rare book]. Here's a brief outline of your options and a short assessment of the pros and cons.At Auction. This has been a common option for a couple of hundred years. We don't generally…

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15Feb The Ten Greatest Science Fiction Films


What defines a top-ten list of films? Contribution to film-making? The breaking of boundaries? Exploring new territory? Responding to or driving the cultural milieu? Sheer entertainment? Usually, it’s a combination of all those things. With science fiction though, there’s another element: achieving the sublime. That’s not to say that all…

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07Feb Don't Believe the Hype - Collecting New Books


In the words of Public Enemy, Don't Believe the Hype. Well, that's a little disingenuous to be honest. Chuck D should've really said 'Don't always believe the hype', or 'Exercise caution when making a decision based upon what others, both with and without vested interests, suggest. Admittedly, I'm not quite…

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04Feb George Locke aka Ferret Fantasy - Publisher, Dealer, Collector and Writer.


George was a one-off in the book trade. Multi-talented, energetic and carrying a wealth of knowledge, once started George never ceased to engage in the world of fantasy literature. Variously a publisher, bibliographer, collector, dealer and author, George will perhaps be best remembered for his Spectrum of Fantasy series, which…

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29Jan Detailed Photos of the Two Trial Pages for the Kelmscott Froissart


We recently acquired a wonderful Kelmscott piece and thought it might be nice to preserve the pictures on this blog before it sells. As always, it's a fabulous work of book art. Everything about it speaks volumes for the care Morris and his team put into their work. Jean Froissart…

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