Friday night auction – Part Two

Here are the images and information for this September’s Windy City Friday Night Auction! We’ve split up the Friday Night Auction Lots into groups of 50, so it won’t take so long to refresh.

1-50 Listed Here
51-100 Listed Here
101-150 Listed Here
151-238 Listed Here

51. SCIENCE AND INVENTION – 2 issues – 7/27 & 8/27 – Ray Cummings was one of Bob’s favorite authors.  One of Cummings’ series was “Tales from the Scientific Club,” which ran for 22 stories that appeared in various magazines.  The most well-known of these stories was “The Girl in the Golden Atom”.  Two of the stories appeared in these two issues of Gernsback’s Science and Invention.  Also has illos by Paul.

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52. SCIENCE AND INVENTION – 9 issues – 9/26-5/27 – these nine issues feature the first appearance of the complete serial, “Into the Fourth Dimension,” by Cummings.  Also has many illos by Paul.  Bob liked this one so much he reprinted it in 1981.

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53. “EVOLUTION OF MODERN SCIENCE FICTION BY HUGO GERNSBACK – rare pamphlet from 1952 written and published by Gernsback, with cover by Paul.

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54. SCIENCE WONDER QUARTERLY – Fall 1929 (v1n1) – Hamilton

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55. SCIENCE WONDER QUARTERLY – Winter 1930 – features one of Paul’s most famous covers, the original of which sold at auction last year for $87,500, a record for a Paul painting.

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56. SCIENCE WONDER QUARTERLY – Spring 1930 – Long, Pratt; final issue before changing to Wonder Stories Quarterly

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57. WEIRD TALES – 1/24 – HPL (“The Picture in the House), Quinn, Owen, Poe

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58. WEIRD TALES – 11/23 – HPL (“The Invisible Monster [later titled “The Horror at Martin’s Beach”] co-written with his future wife, Sonia H. Greene), Quinn

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59. WEIRD TALES – 12/24 – Long; 2 small pieces of cover replaced by color copy

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60. WEIRD TALES – 6/30 – REH (“The Moon of Skulls” 1/2, Solomon Kane), HPL (“The Rats in the Walls”), CAS, Derleth, Quinn, Ernst, trimmed [See Lot 19 for part 2 of the REH serial]

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61. THRILLS INCORPORATED – 2 issues – rare Australian SF magazine – #10 (1/51) & #11 (4/51)

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62. THRILLS INCORPORATED – 2 issues – rare Australian SF magazine – #8 (10/50) & #9 (11/50)

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63. EERIE #2 – second issue of this horror comic published by Avon, dated 8-9/51.  Covers are split at the spine and detached.  Great Wally Wood art.

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64. EERIE #5 – horror comic published by Avon in 1952.  Covers are split at the spine and detached.  

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65. JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #15 –horror comic published by Marvel under its Atlas imprint, dated 4/54.

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66. ASTOUNDING STORIES OF SUPER-SCIENCE – 10/30 – Cummings, Rousseau

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67. ASTOUNDING STORIES OF SUPER-SCIENCE – 11/30 – Cummings, Rousseau

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68. ASTOUNDING STORIES OF SUPER-SCIENCE – 12/30 – and no, Wesso’s cover isn’t for “Planet of the Apes,” but for “The Ape-Men of Xlotli”

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69. UNKNOWN – 4/41 (Heinlein) & UNKNOWN WORLDS – 2/42 (LRH, Bloch, Leiber, Kuttner, Brown, Long)

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70. UNKNOWN – 2 issues – 6/41 (Leiber, Bond) & 8/41 (LRH, Kuttner, Bond, Brown)

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71. ASTONISHING STORIES – 3 issues – 6/40, 11/41 (LRH, Brackett, Cummings) & 2/43 (Bloch, Brackett, Kuttner)

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72. “THARKOL LORD OF THE UNKNOWN” BY EDMOND HAMILTON – rare U.K. book published in 1950, distributed by World Distributors Manchester Ltd. in collaboration with Sydney Pemberton, Publisher, as part of the World Fantasy Classics series.  First book appearance of this story, which originally appeared in Startling Stories, 5/39, where it ran as “The Prisoner of Mars.”

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73. “THE WHISPERING GORILLA” BY DAVID V. REED (PSEUDONYM OF DAVID VERN) – very rare U.K. book published in 1950, distributed by World Distributors Manchester Ltd. in collaboration with Sydney Pemberton, Publisher, as part of the World Fantasy Classics series.  First book appearance of this story, which originally appeared in Fantastic Adventures, 2/43.

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74. “THE LONE RANGER AND THE SECRET OF THUNDER MOUNTAIN” BY FRAN STRIKER – rare L.A. Bantam paperback (#14 in the series) published in 1940.

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75. “THE CASE OF THE VANISHING GHOST” BY GENE WOLFE – Very scarce booklet published by The Pretentious Press in 1991 in an edition of 85.  Signed by Wolfe, with a photo of Wolfe (as a college sophomore) tipped in.  First book publication of this story which ran in his college (Texas A&M) literary magazine, “The Commentator”, 11/51.

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76. FARNSWORTH WRIGHT – LETTER TO AUTHOR GREYE LA SPINA DATED APRIL 8, 1925 – Bob collected many letters from Weird Tales’ editor Farnsworth Wright over the years, including several from the estate of author Greye la Spina. She was one of the pioneering female writers of horror and fantasy for the pulps. This may be the best of the la Spina letters that Bob acquired. Dated April 8, 1925, it discusses her story, “Invaders From the Dark,” which was then in the midst of being serialized in the April, May and June 1925 issues of Weird Tales [see lots 77-79 for these issues]. As noted in the letter, fellow WT author C.M. Eddy, Jr. felt that it “should be published in book form”, which it finally was in 1960 by Arkham House.  Other authors touched on in the letter include H.G. Wells and Sax Rohmer. At the end, mention is made of la Spina’s story, “The Gargoyle,” which would run in the September, October and November 1925 issues and which Wright noted, in his hand, “…is good for a cover-illustration.” Artist Andrew Brosnatch did indeed illustrate it on the cover of the September 1925 issue [see lot 77].  Due to Parkinson’s disease, Wright generally did not sign his name after 1926. Not only is this letter signed by him, but as mentioned, it also has other content in his handwriting. And in his P.S., Wright notes that the Baldwin, Indianapolis address on the letterhead is now obsolete, as the magazine has moved to a new address.

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77. WEIRD TALES – 4/25 – “Deaf, Dumb and Blind” by C.M. Eddy, Jr. (with HPL), Spina (1/3), Quinn, Owen, Dyalhis

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78. WEIRD TALES – 5/25 – HPL (“The Music of Erich Zann”), Spina (2/3), Quinn, Long, trimmed

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79. WEIRD TALES – 6/25 – Spina (3/3), Quinn, Long, Owen, Powers, trimmed

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80. WEIRD TALES – 6/28 – HPL (“The Lurking Fear”), Quinn, Derleth, Wellman, Hamilton, trimmed

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81. DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE – proof cover for 1/51 issue + two printer’s tear sheets of other covers

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82. DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE – proof cover for 3/51 issue + two printer’s tear sheets of other covers

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83. “VAMPIRES OF VENUS” BY KARL MANNHEIM – rare U.K. book published in 1950, distributed by World Distributors Manchester Ltd. in collaboration with Sydney Pemberton, Publisher, as part of the World Fantasy Classics series.

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84. “SHADOW OVER MARS” BY LEIGH BRACKETT – rare U.K. book published in 1951, distributed by World Distributors Manchester Ltd. in collaboration with Sydney Pemberton, Publisher, as part of the World Fantasy Classics series.  Brackett’s first book.

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85. STRANGE STORIES – 2/39 (v1n1) – Bloch, Kuttner, Kline, Derleth, Wellman, Farley

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86. STRANGE STORIES – 4/39 – Bloch, Derleth, Kuttner, Keller, Long, Moore, Farley

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87. STRANGE STORIES – 6/39 – Bloch, Wellman, Derleth, Kuttner, Keller

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88. UNKNOWN – 3/39 (v1n1) – Wellman, Long.  “Unknown” was another one of Bob’s favorite pulps.

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89. UNKNOWN – 2 issues – 4/39 (LRH, Price) & 5/39 (LRH, Bloch).  These issues contain both parts of de Camp’s “Divide and Rule!” 2/2; see lot 91 for the original manuscript for this novel.

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90. UNKNOWN – 2 issues – 6/39 (Page, Dunn) & 7/39 (LRH, Long, Bradbury letter)

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91. MANUSCRIPT FOR “DIVIDE AND RULE” BY L. SPRAGUE DE CAMP – 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.

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92. “TERROR-TRAP!” BY NORMAN LAZENBY – rare Australian SF anthology published in 1949 by The Shenstone Press.  On the title page, the book is entitled “The Coming of the Beetle-Men”, which is the first story.

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93. “MAD DOG GILBERT” BY “PLUGGER” JENKS –Australian booklet published by Times Printing Works Ltd. as part of the Bushranger Series.  So scarce I couldn’t find any info about it online.

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94. “THE MUMMY WALKS” AND “CURSE OF THE MUMMY” BY BELLI LUIGI – two rare Australian horror booklets published by Transport Publishing Co. in 1950 as part of the Scientific Thriller series.

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95. TALES OF MAGIC AND MYSTERY – 12/27 (v1n1) – Gibson, Owen

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96. TALES OF MAGIC AND MYSTERY – 1/28 – Gibson, Owen

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97. WEIRD TALES – 12/34 – REH (“A Witch Shall Be Born”, Conan), CAS, Moore, Derleth, Owen

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98. WEIRD TALES – 4/33 – – Possible File Copy? – REH verse, Williamson (“Golden Blood”, 1/6), CAS, Price, Kline (“Buccaneers of Venus” 6/6), Derleth, St. John cover.  This was probably Bob’s favorite Weird Tales cover.

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99. WEIRD TALES – 5/33 – REH verse, Williamson (“Golden Blood”, 2/6), CAS, Cave, Derleth, Price, St. John cover

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100. WEIRD TALES – 10/33 – this features Margaret Brundage’s famous Bat Girl cover, perhaps the most famous Weird Tales cover and one of the most famous of all pulp covers.  Authors include REH (“Pool of the Black One”, Conan), HPL (“The Festival”), Quinn, CAS, Williamson, Long

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