by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach
Dust jacket by Stephen Fabian
Signed Limited Edition - $40.00
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OUT OF PRINT FROM THE PUBLISHER
Oswald Train, 1983; 417 pp.; limited to 1500 copies, signed by the suthor; First Edition
An informal history of the SF book field in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, then almost totally the providence of the amateur specialist publisher, set against the activities of an early fan, writer and SF specialty publisher (Eshbach was founder and publisher of Fantasy Press). Chapter 14, "The Books They Published," pages 343-388, provides a valuable bibliographical checklist (with print runs where known) for selected specialty presses that commenced operation prior to 1970 (Arkham House, Fantasy Press, Fantasy Publsihing Co Inc / FPCI, Gnome Press, Donald M. Grant, Prime Press, Shasta Publishers, etc.).