INDEX TO THE SCIENCE-FANTASY PUBLISHERS, 1966

Baltimore-based SF fans Mark Owings and Jack L. Chalker compiled this 86-page reference work, which indexes the outputs of small-press publishers catering to SF and fantasy-fiction collectors. It lists the publications of Arkham House, Gnome Press, Fantasy Press, Shasta, and many others. Individual entries offer story titles and issue points when applicable. The original work was printed in June 1966 with a print run of 88 copies. Owings and Chalker weren’t happy with the mimeographing and junked the entire run. They reformatted and retyped the entire book, correcting mistakes that had crept into it the first time around. In August 1966 they printed this version, which is called the “First Printing, Second Edition” but is actually a First/First since the original print run was discarded. Three hundred numbered copies were prepared, of which this is #299. It’s printed on letter-size paper and side-stapled, with card-stock covers. A supplemental leaf with additional listings and corrections has been tipped in. This copy has been fairly well thumbed and shows minor cover soiling but is substantially sound and eminently collectable.  Published more than 50 years ago this still-useful guide is now a collector’s item in its own right, with infrequently-surfacing copies trading hands for more than $100.

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Price: $50.00