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Bat Girl to Be Auctioned

Weird Tales was Bob Weinberg’s favorite pulp. Among the items that will be in the Robert Weinberg Estate Auction being held at the 2020 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (April 17-19, 2020 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center) are several issues of that classic pulp. The auction will be held on the evening of Friday, April 17, 2020.

Here’s one of them that will be auctioned off, featuring the famous bat-girl cover by Margaret Brundage and dated October 1933..

As we’ve done in the past few years, there will be a method available to place bids if you can’t attend the show. Details on this will be posted to our website in early April.

de Camp Manuscript

Among the items that will be in the Robert Weinberg Estate Auction being held at the 2020 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (April 17-19, 2020 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center) are several which are scarce or unique. The auction will be held on the evening of Friday, April 17, 2020.

Here are one of them. This is the original manuscript by L. Sprague de Camp for his story, “Divide and Rule” (original title, “The Duke of Poughkeepsie’s Son”) which appeared in the April and May 1939 issues of Unknown. The cover page is signed by de Camp, and corrections in pencil appear throughout. And it comes in a nifty custom made clamshell.

As we’ve done in the past few years, there will be a method available to place bids if you can’t attend the show. Details on this will be posted to our website in early April.

Arkham House Rarieties

For those Arkham House and August Derleth collectors out there, I thought I’d show a couple of the rarities that will be in the Friday night auction at this year’s Windy City. Enjoy the photos!

A Gent from Bear creek

We’re now just over four months away from the 20th Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention! This year’s show will be held April 17-19, 2020 at our usual venue, the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Lombard, Illinois. We’ve sold out all 180 of our dealer tables, to dealers spanning the U.S., from Canada and the U.K.
As has been the case in years past, this year’s convention will feature some incredible material in our estate auctions. Friday night (April 17), our auction will focus on material from the estate of legendary collector Robert Weinberg, while on Saturday night, (April 18) material from the estate of Glenn Lord, literary agent for the estate of Robert E. Howard, takes center stage.
In addition, we also will have interesting material from other consignors. Here’s one of those rare items — the Herbert Jenkins edition of “A Gent from Bear Creek” by Robert E. Howard, published in 1937.

windy city auction update

As has been our tradition, our Friday Night Estate auction features some truly great material. Our upcoming auction is no exception. Check out some of the images for this year’s Friday Night auction.

Windy City auction 2020 update

As 2020 arrives, we’re now just about four months away from the 20th Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention! To be held from April 17-19, 2020 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Lombard, Illinois, we’re starting to move into pre-convention mode.

As has been the case in years past, this year’s convention will feature some incredible material in our estate auctions. Friday night (April 17), our auction will focus on material from the estate of legendary collector Robert Weinberg, while on Saturday night, (April 18) material from the estate of Glenn Lord, literary agent for the estate of Robert E. Howard, takes center stage. As usual, we’ll be previewing several of the unique items in the auctions over the next several months.

We’ll begin this year with a book from Glenn’s estate, a copy of a rare Clark Ashton Smith volume of poetry, “Ebony and Crystal,” published in 1922 in an edition of 500 copies (of which this is #431), which features some hand corrections by Smith. This one has seen better days, in terms of condition — it’s ex-library, with a call number written on the cover, various library stamps and writing throughout, and pasted library sheets removed from the back. The hinges are cracked and roughly 2″ of the spine have been chewed over time by a rodent with fine literary taste.

However, this copy should not be judged on its condition. The front fixed endpaper contains a pastedown from Howard Payne College Library, noting that at one time this was held in their Robert E. Howard Memorial Collection (various other stamps note that it was withdrawn from there). And on the front free endpaper, Smith has inscribed this copy to Robert E. Howard (with fraternal good wishes and referencing Dagon and Hecate, among others), dating it July 4, 1933 (assuming that Smith mailed this to REH shortly thereafter, REH would have received it while the August 1933 issue of Weird Tales was on the stands, featuring his Conan cover story, “The Devil in Iron”).

Truly a unique copy, inscribed by one of the Three Musketeers of Weird Tales to another and held by two of them during its life! (And for H.P. Lovecraft fans, no worries — the Third Musketeer will be featured in another auction preview!)