Publication Order

# by Order of Publication, Title, Author, Year of Publication

1. The Carnelian Cube, by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Platt, 1948, 252 pages, $3.00. 2000 copies printed, 1948; 1400 copies printed, 1949.

Hardback. Jacket design by David Kyle. Printed by Adviser Press, Monticello, NY. Title page and cover add “A Humorous Fantasy.” Back cover: Meet the Authors, text and pictures about De Camp and Platt. No other books mentioned. Gnome Press address given as 421 Claremont Parkway, New York 57.

1) Gray cloth with spine lettered in red. “FIRST EDITION”
2) Gray cloth with spine lettered in red. “Second Printing”
3) Gold cloth with spine lettered in red. “Second Printing”

2. The Porcelain Magician, by Frank Owen, 1948, title #2, 256 pages, $3.00. 3500 copies printed.

Hardback, blue-gray cloth with spine lettered in black and a black doodle of a dragon on the spine. Physically smaller than all other Gnome Press titles at 5.1×7.2 in. Jacket design and interior illustrations by Frances E. Dunn. No stated first edition. Printed by Adviser Press, Monticello, NY. Back cover: 5 titles through Minions of the Moon. Men Against the Stars is omitted. Foreword by D. A. K. [David Kyle]. Gnome Press address given as 421 Claremont Parkway, New York 57.

Note: This is the true first edition.

3. Pattern for Conquest, by George O. Smith, 1949, title #3, 252 pages, $2.50. 5000 copies printed, unknown number of trade paperback copies printed or taken from unbound copies 195?

“FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Jacket design by Edd Cartier. Gnome Press address given as 421 Claremont Parkway, New York 57. No printer designated. Back cover lists 11 titles, through Typewriter in the Sky, with Men Against the Stars described without a title given.

1) Hardback. Light orange cloth with spine lettered in darker orange.

2) Trade paperback. Front cover identical to hardback; back cover is blank white. Spine reads PATTERN FOR CONQUEST by George O. Smith in black lettering on white background. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page but is later issue.

4. Sixth Column: A science fiction novel of a strange intrigue, by Robert Heinlein, 1949, 256 pages, $2.50. 5000 copies printed.

Hardback. Black cloth with spine lettered in red. Red atomic symbol trailing chains to each side on front cover and on spine. Jacket design by Edd Cartier. “FIRST EDITION” on copyright page. No designated printer. 10 titles listed on back cover plus “The Best Buy of 1950” untitled. Gnome Press address given as 421 Claremont Parkway, New York 57.

NOTE: There is a subtitle, “A science fiction novel of a strange intrigue,” which is normally never listed in bibliographies, but is present on the cover and title page.

5. The Thirty-First of February, by Nelson Bond, With a Conveyance of Title in Fee Simple/by James Branch Cabell on title page only, 1949, 272 pages, $3.00. 5000 hardbound copies printed 1949, 112 slipcased hardbound copies 1949, unknown number of trade paperback copies printed or taken from unbound copies, 195?

“First Edition” stated on copyright page. Jacket design by James Gibson. Gnome Press address given as 421 Claremont Parkway, New York 57, N. Y. No printer designated. Preface, poem titled “xxxi” by James Branch Cabell. Rear cover reprints poem, and adds Cabell blurb along with a photograph of Bond. No other Gnome titles mentioned on rear; The Carnelian Cube and The Porcelain Magician are listed on the rear flap.

Variants, no known priority

1) CURREY (A) Hardback. Crimson cloth with spine and front cover lettered in black. Slipcased in black cardboard. Signed and numbered by Bond. Dust jacket is identical to 1) but not all copies were issued with the jacket.
2) CURREY (B) Hardback. Magenta cloth with spine lettered in light black. Dust jacket cover and front flap both give 13 Flights of Fantasy as a seeming subtitle but that is nowhere inside the book.

3) Trade paperback. Front cover identical to hardback; back cover is blank white. Spine reads The Thirty-First of February • Nelson Bond in magenta lettering on white background. Stated “First Edition” but is later issue.

6. Men Against the Stars, Edited by Martin Greenberg, 1950, title #6, 351 pages, $2.95. 5000 copies printed 1950, 3000 printed 1952?

Hardback, purple cloth-backed spine with gray boards and spine lettered in silver. Rocket and stars embossed into front purple cloth. Jacket illustration by Edd Cartier. “FIRST EDITION” on copyright page. No designated printer. Foreword by Martin Greenberg; Introduction by Willy Ley.

1. Back cover: 5 titles listed + 2 forthcoming, Gnome Press address is given as 421 Claremont Parkway, New York 57, printed 1950.
2. Back cover: 15 titles listed; identical to The Sword of Conan but with the addition of that title, Gnome Press address is given as 80 East 11th St., N. Y. 3, probably printed 1952.

A reprint is mentioned in CHALKER, however the changed cover is Not in Chalker.

7. The Castle of Iron, by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, 1950, 224 pages, $2.00. 3500 copies printed.

Hardback. Red-orange boards with spine lettered in wine-red and a wine-red drawing of a man riding a hippogriff on the front boards. Jacket illustration by Hannes Bok. Physically smaller than most other Gnome Press titles at 5.1×7.6 in. “FIRST EDITION” on copyright page. Printed by H. Wolff. “A Science Fantasy Adventure” on title page. Unsigned Introduction. Back cover: promotes Men Against the Stars. Gnome Press address given as New York 57.

8. Minions of the Moon, by William Gray Beyer, 1950, 190 pages, $2.50. 5000 copies printed.

Hardback. Blue-green boards with wine-red spine lettering and the tile and a crescent moon cut out against a wine-red rectangle on the front boards. The cover gives a subhead of “A STORY 6,000 YEARS IN THE FUTURE” but the title page reads “A novel of the future.” Physically smaller than most other Gnome Press titles at 5.1×7.6 in. Jacket design by Edd Cartier. “FIRST EDITION” on copyright page. No printer given. Back cover promotes Men Against the Stars and The Castle of Iron. Gnome Press address given as New York 57.

9. Conan the Conqueror, by Robert E. Howard, 1950, 255 pages, $2.75. 5000 copies printed.

Hardback. Magenta cloth with spine lettered in black. Jacket design by David Kyle; Illustration by John Forte. David Kyle map of Hyborean Age on front and rear endpapers. Conan the Conqueror: The Hyborean Age stated on title page. “First Printing” stated on copyright page. No printer designated. Introduction by John D. Clark, Ph.D. Excerpt from Introduction on rear cover. Gnome Press address given as New York.

10. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov, 1950, 253 pages, $2.50. 5000 copies printed, unknown number of trade paperback copies printed or taken from unbound copies, 195?

Jacket design by Edd Cartier. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. No printer designated. Back cover: 2 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th Street, New York 3, N. Y.

1) CURREY (A) Hardback. Red cloth with spine lettered in black. Robot holding gearwheel on front cover, gear only on spine.

2) CURREY (B) Trade paperback. Front cover identical to hardback, back cover blank white. I, ROBOT by Isaac Asimov in black lettering on white spine. Stated “FIRST EDITION” but is later issue.

11. Cosmic Engineers, by Clifford D. Simak, 1950, 224 pages, $2.50. 6000 copies printed, 1949, unknown number of trade paperback copies printed or taken from unbound copies, 195?

Jacket design by Edd Cartier. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. No printer designated. “An Interplanetary Saga by Clifford D. Simak” on dust jacket; “An Interplanetary Novel by Clifford D. Simak” on title page. Back cover: 2 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th Street, New York 3, N. Y.

1) CURREY (A) Hardback. Blue cloth with spine lettered in yellow. Rocket ship with flames on front boards. Probable first priority.
2) CURREY (B) Hardback. Tan boards with spine lettered in black. Rocket ship with flames on front boards. Probable second priority.

Variant, not in Currey

3) Trade paperback. Front cover identical to hardback, back cover is blank white. COSMIC ENGINEERS by Clifford D. Simak printed in blue lettering on white spine. Stated “FIRST EDITION” but is later issue.

12. Seetee Ship, by Will Stewart (pseud. of Jack Williamson), 1951, 255 pages, $2.75. 4000 copies printed.

Hardback. Black cloth with spine lettered in orange. Jacket design by Edd Cartier. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Colonial Press, Printers. Back cover: 10 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., N.Y. 3.

13. Tomorrow and Tomorrow/The Fairy Chessmen, by Lewis Padgett (pseud. of Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore), 1951, 254 pages, $2.75. 4000 copies printed.

Hardback. Dark gray boards with spine lettered in black. Jacket design by Harry Harrison. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Printed and bound by H. Wolff. Designed by David Kyle. Back cover: 3 titles plus 1952 Fantasy Calendar. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., N.Y. 3.

14. Renaissance, by Raymond F. Jones, 1951, 255 pages, $2.75. 4000 copies printed.

Hardback. Dark blue cloth with spine lettered in red. Dust jacket designed by David Kyle. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Printed by The Colonial Press. Designed by David Kyle. Title page reads “A Science Fiction Novel of Two Human Worlds,” but dust jacket reads “A Novel of Mankind on Two Worlds.” Back cover: 10 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., N.Y. 3

15. Typewriter in the Sky/Fear, by L. Ron Hubbard, 1951, 256 pages. 4000 copies printed.

Hardback. Dull orange cloth with spine lettered in black. Jacket design by David Kyle. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Colonial Press, Printers. Designed by David Kyle. Back cover: 10 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., N.Y. 3.

16. Journey to Infinity, Edited by Martin Greenberg, Adventures in Science Fiction Series 2, 1951, 381 pages, $3.50. 5000 copies printed 1951, 2500 printed 1953?

Hardback. Dark green cloth-backed spine with fawn cloth and silver lettering. Man reaching toward star embossed into front cloth. Jacket illustration by Edd Cartier. “FIRST EDITION” on copyright page. Colonial Press, Inc. Printers. David Kyle, Book Designer. Foreword by Martin Greenberg; Introduction by Fletcher Pratt. Gnome Press address is given as 80 East 11th St., N. Y. 3.

1. DJ Spine: Gnome “spaceman” 27 mm; Back cover: 10 titles, prose intro, Gnome address ends New York 3.
2. DJ Spine: Gnome “spaceman” 18 mm; Back cover: 30 titles with latest title Second Foundation, a late 1953 release, no intro, Gnome address ends N. Y. 3.

17. Travelers of Space, Edited by Martin Greenberg, Adventures in Science Fiction Series 3, 1951, 400 pages, $3.95. 5000 copies printed 1951, 2500 printed 1953 or early 1954.

Hardback, red cloth-backed spine with gray cloth and silver lettering. Rocket ship traveling between stars embossed into front cloth. Jacket illustration by Edd Cartier. “FIRST EDITION” on copyright page. Colonial Press, Inc. Printers. David Kyle, Book Designer. Foreword by Martin Greenberg; Introduction by Willy Ley.

1. Red and black jacket depicting aliens; front flap: Jacket Illustration by Edd Cartier with Design by David Kyle; Back cover: 10 titles, prose intro, Gnome Press address is given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3, printed 1951
2. Blue two-color cover; front flap: Illustrations by Edd Cartier with Jacket Design by Ric Binkley; Back cover: 30 titles, no intro, with latest title Second Foundation, a late 1953 release, Gnome Press address is given as 80 East 11th St., N. Y. 3, printed 1953 or 1954.

18. Foundation, by Isaac Asimov, 1951, 255 pages, $2.75. 5000 copies printed 1951, 2500 copies printed 1954.

Hardback. Dust jacket design by David Kyle. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Designer: David Kyle. Printer: Colonial Press Inc.

1) CURREY (A) Dark blue cloth with red lettering on spine. Galaxy on front cover. Words on spine horizontal. Boards are 21 cm high. Sheets measure 20.3 x 13.5 cm and are 1.9 cm across the top. Back cover: 3 titles plus forthcoming Fantasy Calendar for 1952. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th Street, N. Y. 3.

2) CURREY (B) Dark blue boards with red lettering on spine. Front cover blank. Words on spine vertical. Boards are 20.8 cm high. Sheets measure 20.3×12.5 cm and are 1.4 cm across the top. Back cover: 32 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th Street, New York 3.

19. The Mixed Men, by A. E. van Vogt, 1952, 253 pages, $2.75. 5000 copies printed.

Hardback. Cover design by Ric Binkley. “An Interstellar Adventure” is on the dust jacket but not inside. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Designed by David Kyle. Printed by: H. Wolff. Back cover: 4 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

1) CURREY (A) Dark blue boards, spine lettered in red, 3000 copies bound 1952
2) CURREY (B) Dark blue cloth, spine lettered in red, 2000 copies bound 1955?

20. City, by Clifford D. Simak, 1952, 224 pages, $2.75. 5000 copies printed, 1952.

Hardback. Green boards with spine lettered in dark blue. “A New Science Fiction Novel of the future” on dust jacket. Jacket Design by Frank Kelly Frease [typo for Freas]. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Printer: H. Wolff. Back cover: 4 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th Street, New York 3.

21. Robots Have No Tails, by Lewis Padgett (pseud. of Henry Kuttner), 1952, 224 pages, $2.75. 4000 copies printed.

Hardback. Red-orange boards with spine lettered in black. Jacket design by Ric Binkley. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Manufactured by H. Wolff. Back cover: 4 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

22. Judgment Night, by C. L. Moore, 1952, 344 pages, $3.50. 4000 copies printed, 2500 bound 1952, 1500 bound 1956?

Hardback. Jacket design by Frank Kelly Frease [typo for Freas]. “a selection of science fiction” is on the title page; “Unusual and Exciting SCIENCE FICTION” on the dust jacket. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Printed and bound by H. Wolff. Back cover: 26 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

1) CURREY (A) Light teal blue cloth, spine lettered in red, 1952.
2) CURREY (B) Darker teal blue boards, spine lettered in dark blue, 1956?

23. The Sword of Conan, by Robert E. Howard, 1952, 251 pages, $2.75. 5000 copies printed.

Hardback. Magenta cloth with spine lettered in black. Jacket design by David Kyle. David Kyle map of Hyborean Age on front and rear endpapers. The Sword of Conan: The Hyborean Age stated on title page. “First Printing” stated on copyright page. No printer designated. Back cover: 14 titles listed. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., N.Y. 3.

24. Five Science Fiction Novels, Compiled by Martin Greenberg, 1952, 382 pages, $3.50. 6500 copies printed.

Hardback. Black cloth-backed spine with orange-red boards and silver lettering. Jacket design by Frank Kelly Frease [typo for Freas]. “FIRST EDITION” on copyright page. Colonial Press, Inc. Printers. David Kyle, Book Designer. Back cover: 15 titles. Gnome Press address is given as 80 East 11th St., N. Y. 3.

25. Sands of Mars, by Arthur C. Clarke. 1952, 216 pages, $2.75. 5000 copies printed, 1952; 1500 copies printed, 1955; 1500 copies printed, 1957.

Hardback. Dark red boards with spine lettered in black. Jacket design by Ric Binkley. “FIRST EDITION” on copyright page.

1)  1952 printing.  Dust jacket: front cover: dense star field, smooth planets, Binkley signature; front flap: paragraphs indented; rear flap: 18 titles, through Sands of Mars itself. Manufactured in the U.S.A. by H. Wolff, New York. Back cover: 4 titles, all Greenberg anthologies; Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

2) 1955 printing.  Dust jacket: front cover: sparse star field, mottled planets, no signature; front flap: paragraphs flush justified; rear flap: Two More Great Books by Arthur C. Clarke; rear cover: 32 titles, the latest being Clarke’s own Prelude to Space, the last book Gnome put out in 1954; Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

3) 1957 printing. Dust jacket: front cover: sparse star field, mottled planets, no signature; front flap: paragraphs flush justified; rear flap: Two More Great Books by Arthur C. Clarke. Manufactured in the U.S.A. by Noble Offset Printers, Inc. Back cover: 37 titles, the latest being Poul Anderson & Gordon Dickson’s Earthman’s Burden, the last book Gnome put out in 1957; Gnome Press address given as P. O. Box 161 Hicksville, N.Y.

variant, not in Chalker

4) 1957 printing? Light green boards with black spine lettering, printed 1957.  Dust jacket: front cover: sparse star field, mottled planets, no signature; front flap: paragraphs flush justified; rear flap: Two More Great Books by Arthur C. Clarke. Manufactured in the U.S.A. by Noble Offset Printers, Inc. Back cover: 37 titles, the latest being Poul Anderson & Gordon Dickson’s Earthman’s Burden, the last book Gnome put out in 1957; Gnome Press address given as P. O. Box 161 Hicksville, N.Y.

26. The Starmen, by Leigh Brackett, 1952, 213 pages, $2.75. 5000 hardbound copies printed. Grey boards with spine lettered in black. Jacket Design by Ric Binkley. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. No printer designated. Back cover: 26 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th Street, New York 3

27. Foundation and Empire, by Isaac Asimov, 1951, 247 pages, $2.75. 5000 copies printed 1951, 2500 hardbound copies printed 1956.

Dust jacket design by Edd Cartier. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Designer: David Kyle. Printer: H. Wolff

1) Currey (A) Red boards with black lettering lettering on spine. Galaxy on front cover. “Gnome Press” on spine measures 2.2 cm across, sheets bulk 1.8 cm. Four-color cover with “A new science fiction novel by ISAAC ASIMOV” across front cover. Back cover: Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th Street, N. Y. 3

2) Currey (B) Red boards with black lettering lettering on spine. Galaxy on front cover. “Gnome Press” on spine measures 2.8 cm across, sheets bulk 2.3 cm. “SCIENCE FICTION” on front cover. “GNOME PRESS” on front flap. Back cover: 36 titles. [Cover variant not in Currey] Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th Street, New York 3. “FICTION BOOKS  OUTSTANDING SCIENCE” at base.

3) Currey (C) Green boards with black lettering lettering on spine. Galaxy on front cover. “Gnome Press” on spine measures 2.8 cm across, sheets bulk 2.3 cm. “SCIENCE FICTION” on front cover. “GNOME PRESS/P. O. Box 161/HICKSVILLE, NEW YORK” on front flap. Back cover: 32 titles. Gnome Press address given as P. O. Box 161, HICKSVILLE, N.Y.

28. Children of the Atom, by Wilmar H. Shiras, 1953, 216 pages, $2.75. 5000 hardbound copies printed. Grey boards with spine lettered in black. Jacket Design by Frank Kelly Frease [typo for Freas]. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Manufactured in the U.S.A. by H. Wolff. Back cover: 25 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th Street, New York 3.

29. Space Lawyer, by Nat Schachner, 1953, 222 pages, $2.75. 4000 hardbound copies printed. Yellow boards with spine lettered in green. Jacket Design by Ric Binkley. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Printed by H. Wolff. Back cover: 25 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th Street, New York 3.

30. Mutant, by Lewis Padgett (pseud. of Henry Kuttner & C. L. Moore), 1953, 210 pages, $2.75. 4000 copies printed.

Hardback. Blue boards with spine lettered in black. Jacket Design by Ric Binkley. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Printed by H. Wolff. Back cover: 25 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th Street, New York 3.

31. Shambleau and Others, by C. L. Moore, 1953, 224 pages, $3.00. 4000 copies printed.

Hardback. Teal boards with spine lettered in maroon. Jacket Design by Ric Binkley. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Printed by H. Wolff. Back cover: 25 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th Street, New York 3.

32. The Complete Book of Outer Space, edited by Jeffrey Logan, 1953, title #32, 144 pages, $2.50. 3000 copies printed.

Hardback. Yellow boards with spine lettered in red. Jacket by Chesley Bonestell. No edition designated. Copyright MACO MAGAZINE CORPORATION. Back cover: table of contents.

Note: First hardcover edition, true first edition was individual magazine issue with this title.

33. The Coming of Conan, by Robert E. Howard, 1953, 255 pages, title #33, $3.00. 5000 copies printed.

Hardback. Red cloth with spine lettered in black. Jacket design by Frank Kelly Freas. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Printed by H. Wolff. Back cover: 25 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., N.Y. 3.

34. King Conan, by Robert E. Howard, 1953, 255 pages, $3.00. 5000 copies printed.

Hardback. Red cloth with spine lettered in black. Jacket design by David Kyle. David Kyle map of Hyborean Age on front and rear endpapers. King Conan: The Hyborean Age stated on title page. “First Printing” stated on copyright page. No printer designated. “Introduction” by L. Sprague de Camp. Back cover: 26 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., N.Y. 3.

35. The Robot and the Man, Edited by Martin Greenberg, Adventures in Science Fiction Series 4, 1953, 251 pages, $2.95, 5000 copies printed 1953.

Hardback. Maroon cloth-backed spine with tan cloth and spine lettered in silver. Rocket ship traveling between stars embossed into front cloth. Jacket Design by Ric Binkleyr. “FIRST EDITION” on copyright page. Country Life Press, Printers. Foreword by Martin Greenberg. Back cover: 30 titles. Gnome Press address is given as 80 East 11th St., N. Y. 3.

36. Iceworld, by Hal Clement, 1953, 216 pages, $2.50. 4000 copies printed.

Hardback. Light green boards with maroon lettering. Jacket Design by Ric Binkley. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Printed by H. Wolff. Back cover: 25 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th Street, New York 3.

37. Against the Fall of Night, by Arthur C. Clarke, 1953, 223 pages, $2.75. 5000 copies printed.

Hardback. Blue boards with spine lettered in red. Jacket Design by Frank Kelly Frease [typo for Freas]. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Printed in the U.S.A. by H. Wolff. Back cover: 25 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th Street, New York 3.

38. Second Foundation, by Isaac Asimov, 1953, 255 pages, $2.75. 5000 copies printed 1951, 2500 copies printed 1955.

Hardback. Jacket design by Ric Binkley. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Manufactured in the U.S.A. by H. Wolff. Back cover: 25 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th Street, N. Y. 3

1) CURREY (A) blue boards with spine lettered in brown. 1953 binding.
2) CURREY (B) green boards with spine lettered in black. 1953 binding.
3) CURREY (C) gray cloth with spine lettered in red. 1955 printing.

Note: CURREY (D) is not a Gnome Press issue.

39. Conan the Barbarian, by Robert E. Howard, 1954, 224 pages, $3.00, 5000 copies printed.

Hardback. Red cloth with spine lettered in black. Jacket design by Emsh. “First Printing” stated on copyright page. Printing & Binding by H. Wolff. Story introductions from “An Informal Biography of Conan the Barbarian” by P. Schulyer Miller & John D. Clark.”. Back cover: 31 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

40. Undersea Quest, by Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson, 1954, 189 pages, $2.50. 5000 copies printed.

Hardback. Light green cloth with spine lettered in maroon. Jacket design by Emsh. Front cover typos Frederik as “Frederick.” “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Composition by Slugs Composition Co. Printing & Binding by H. Wolff. Back cover: 31 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

41. Mel Oliver and Space Rover on Mars, by William Morrison (pseud. of Joseph Samachson), 1954, 191 pages, $2.50, 4000 copies printed.

Hardback. Yellow boards with spine lettered in red. Jacket design by Emsh. Front boards contain drawings of Mel Oliver and Space Rover. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Designed by Sidney Solomon. Printed in the U.S.A. by H. Wolff. Back cover: 31 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

42. Northwest of Earth, by C. L. Moore, 1954, 212 pages, $3.00. 4000 copies printed.

Hardback. Teal cloth with spine lettered in red. Jacket Design by Ric Binkley. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Composition by Slugs Composition Co. Printing & binding by H. Wolff. Back cover: 31 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th Street, New York 3.

43. The Forgotten Planet, by Murray Leinster (pseud. of William Fitzgerald Jenkins), 1954, 177 pages, $2.50, 5000 copies printed.

Hardback. “Jacket design by Emsh” stated on rear flap [but cover signed by [Ric] Binkley]. Boards have colored dots on front, repeated on title page. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Designed by Betty Kormusis. Printed by H. Wolff, New York. “Preface” by Murray Leinster; “Bibliography.” Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3. Back cover: 32 titles listed, through Prelude to Space.

Variants, listed in probable priority

1) CURREY (A) Cream cloth, spine and “star” dots lettered in yellow-green, printed 1954
2) CURREY (B) Cream boards with yellow-green marbled pattern, spine and “star” dots lettered in green, printed 1954
3) CURREY (C) Tan boards, spine and “star” dots lettered lettered in green, printed 1954
4) CURREY (D) Gray cloth, spine and “star” dots lettered in red, printed 1957

Variant, Not In Currey

5) Green boards, spine and cover “star” dots printed in black ink.

Variant cover

6) Emsh cover of man fighting giant beetle. Back cover: 31 titles listed (Iceworld is missing) in different order than on main cover. Probable CURREY (B) boards.

NOTE: The “marbled pattern” is a series of dots, probably indicating stars or planets, that appear on the front cover. Although CURREY mentions them only for the (B) state they appear on every variant I’ve seen. The CURREY listing is under Leinster’s given name of William Fitzgerald Jenkins.

44. Lost Continents, by L. Sprague de Camp, 1954, 362 pages, $5.00. 3000 copies printed.

Hardback. Mottled green cloth boards with silver spine lettering and a silver drawing of underwater ruins on the front boards copied from the dust jacket. Jacket design by L. Robert Tschirky and Ric Binkley. “First Edition” on copyright page. Printed by H. Wolff. “Lost Continents The Atlantis Theme in History, Science, and Literature” on the title page. 17 illustrations. Back cover: 32 books. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

45. Prelude to Space, by Arthur C. Clarke, 1954, 191 pages, $2.50. 5000 copies printed, 1954.

Hardback. Jacket design by Emsh. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Printed by H. Wolff. Back cover: 31 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., N. Y. 3

1) CURREY (A) mottled blue and black boards, spine lettered in yellow.
2) CURREY (B) black boards, spine lettered in red.
3) CURREY (C) later binding of gray cloth, spine lettered in yellow.

46. Star Bridge, by Jack Williamson & James Gunn, 1955, 221 pages, $3.00. 5000 hardback copies printed, 900 remaindered. Striped gray cloth with red cloth-backed spine and black lettering. Jacket design by Mel Hunter. “First edition” stated on copyright page. Type set by Slugs Composition Company. Printing and binding by H. Wolfe. Back cover: 39 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11St., New York 3.

47. Address: Centauri, by F. L. Wallace, 1955, 220 pages, $3.00. 4000 copies printed.

Hardback. Cover design by Ed Emsh. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Type set by: Slugs Composition Company. Printing & Binding by: H. Wolff. Back cover: 39 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

No known priority. Not in Chalker.

1) Gray boards, spine lettered in black.
2) Dark blue boards, spine lettered in red.

48. Sargasso of Space, by Andrew North (pseud. of Andre Norton), 1955, 185 pages, $2.50, 4000 copies printed.

Hardback. Jacket design by Ed Emsh. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Manufactured in the U.S.A. by H. Wolff. Back cover: 39 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

1) CURREY (A) Gray cloth, spine lettered in black, 1955.
2) CURREY (B) Tan boards, spine lettered in black, 1959.

49. Tales of Conan, by Robert E. Howard, 1955, 219 pages, $3.00. 5000 hardbound copies printed.

Hardback. Magenta cloth with spine lettered in black. Jacket design by Emsh. David Kyle map of Hyborean Age on pre-title page. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Manufactured in the U.S.A. by H. Wolff. “Introduction” by P. Schuyler Miller. “Ghostly Note” by L. Sprague de Camp. Back cover: 39 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., N.Y. 3.

Red boards are first issued, no known priority for others

1) Red boards, spine lettered in black.
2) Green boards, spine lettered in black.
3) Black boards, spine lettered in red.
4) Gray boards, spine lettered in red.
5) Gray cloth, spine lettered in red.

50. This Fortress World, by James E. Gunn, 1955, 216 pages, $3.00. 4000 copies printed.

Hardback. Jacket design by Murrary Tinkelman. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Manufactured in the U.S.A. by H. Wolff. Back cover: 43 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., N.Y. 3.

1) CURREY (A) Blue-gray boards with light blue cloth shelf back, spine lettered in black.
2) CURREY (B) Tan boards, spine lettered in black.

51. All About the Future, edited by Martin Greenberg, Adventures in Science Fiction Series 5, 1955 374 pages, $3.50. 5000 copies printed 1955, ? bound ?

Hardback. Jacket illustration by Ed Emsh. “FIRST EDITION” on copyright page. Type & Design by: Slugs Composition Co., New York, N.Y. Printing & Binding by: H. Wolff, New York, N.Y. Foreword by Martin Greenberg; Introductions by Robert Heinlein & Isaac Asimov. Back cover: 31 titles. Gnome Press address is given as 80 East 11th St., N. Y. 3.

In presumed order of priority. Not in Chalker

1. Gray cloth with red cloth spine backing, spine lettered in silver. No embossing in front cloth.
2. Black boards with spine lettered in red.

52. Reprieve From Paradise, by H. Chandler Elliott, 1955, 256 pages, $3.00. 4000 copies printed.

Hardback. Cover design by Mel Hunter. No first edition stated on copyright page. Printer designated as H. Wolff, New York. Back cover: 39 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

No known priority. Not in Chalker.

1) Green cloth, spine lettered in maroon.
2) Beige boards, spine lettered in black.

Note: This is the true first edition.

53. Science Fiction Terror Tales, Edited by Groff Conklin, 1955, 262 pages, $3.50. 5000 copies printed.

Hardback. Red cloth with black lettering. Jacket Design by Ed Emsh. “First Edition” on copyright page. Printing & Blinding by H. Wolff. Introduction by Martin Greenberg. Back cover: 39 titles. Gnome Press address is given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

54. Highways in Hiding, Edited by George O. Smith, 1956, 223 pages, $3.00. 4000 copies printed.

Hardback. Gray boards with red lettering. Jacket design by Emsh. “FIRST EDITION” on copyright page. Back cover: 36 titles (Groff Conklin misspelled as “Grof”). Gnome Press address is given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

55. Undersea Fleet, by Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson, 1956, 187 pages, $2.75, 5000 copies printed 1957, later printings or bindings?

Hardback. Cover by Ed Emsh. ”FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Back cover: 36 titles (Groff Conklin misspelled as “Grof”). Gnome’s address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

Variants, listed in probably priority

1) CURREY (A) Teal cloth, spine lettered in brown, printed 1956
2) CURREY (B) Gray boards, spine lettered in red, printed 1959?

variant, not in Currey

3) Red boards, spine lettered in black, printed?

56. Plague Ship, Andrew North (pseud. of Andre Norton), 1956, 192 pages, $2.75. 5000 copies printed 1956; three bindings: 2500 tan boards, 1956; 1500 tan cloth, 1958?; rest red boards, 1959?

Hardback. Jacket design by Ed Emsh. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Manufactured in the U.S.A. by H. Wolff. Back cover: 36 titles (Groff Conklin misspelled as “Grof”). Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

1) CURREY (A) Tan boards, spine lettered in black, 1956
2) CURREY (B) Tan cloth, spine lettered in black, 1958?
3) CURREY (C) Red boards, spine lettered in black, 1959?

57. SF: The Year’s Greatest Science-Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Judith Merril, 1956, 352 pages, $3.95, 3000 copies printed

Hardback. Oversize 6 1/6 x 8 1/4. Jacket Design by Emsh. ”First Edition” stated on copyright page. Printed by: Noble Offset. Binding by: H. Wolff. Back cover: 36 titles (Groff Conklin is misspelled “Grof”). Gnome’s address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

Variants in order of probable priority:

CURREY (A) Cloth, Dark red cloth with spine lettered in black.
CURREY (B) Boards, Dark red boards with spine lettered in black.

Note, printed simultaneously with Dell First Editions B103, which is probably the true first edition.

58: Interplanetary Hunter, by Arthur K. Barnes, 1956

59: The Shrouded Planet, by Robert Randall, 1957

60. The Return of Conan, by Björn Nyberg & L. Sprague de Camp, 1957, 191 pages, $3.00. 5000 copies printed.

Hardback. Magenta cloth with spine lettered in black. Jacket design by Wallace Wood. “The Return of Conan by Björn Nyberg/with the collaboration of L. Sprague de Camp/Based upon and continuing the Conan stories by Robert E. Howard” on title page. “First Printing” stated on copyright page. Manufactured in the U.S.A. by H. Wolff. Back cover: 35 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., N.Y. 3.

61. SF:57 The Year’s Greatest Science-Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Judith Merril, 1956, 320 pages, $3.95, 3000 copies printed

Hardback. Red cloth with black lettering. Jacket Design by W. I. Van der Poel. ”First Edition” stated on copyright page. Printed by: Noble Offset Co. Binding by: H. Wolff. Back cover: 35 titles. Gnome’s address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

Note, printed simultaneously with Dell First Editions B110, no priority known.

62: Colonial Survey, by Murray Leinster, 1957

63. Two Sought Adventure, by Fritz Leiber, 1957, 186 pages, $3.00, 4000 copies printed, 1957; 3000 bound 1957; 1000 bound 1959 or 1960.

Hardback. Cover design by Lionel Dillon. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Printing & Binding by H. Wolff, New York. Back cover: 35 titles. Gnome Press address listed as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

Variants, given in CURREY

1) CURREY (A) Black boards, spine lettered in red, bound 1957
2) CURREY (B) Gray cloth, spine lettered in red, bound 1959?

Variant, Not in Currey

3) Red boards, spine lettered in black, bound 1959?

64: Coming Attractions, edited by Martin Greenberg, 1957
65: They’d Rather Be Right, by Mark Clifton & Frank Riley, 1957

66. The Seedling Stars, by James Blish, 1957, 185 pages, $3.00. 5000 copies printed 1957, later printing 1959.

Hardback. Jacket design by Lionel Dillon. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Manufactured in the U.S.A. by H. Wolff, New York. Back cover: 34 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

Variants, no known priority but printed 1957, given in CURREY

1) CURREY (A) Green boards, spine lettered in brown
2) CURREY (B) Red boards, spine lettered in black
3) CURREY (C) Gray boards, spine lettered in red

4) CURREY (D) Gray cloth, spine lettered in red, known later state, printed 1959

Variant, Not in Currey

5) Black boards, spine lettered in red, printed?

Variant cover

6) Gray spine replacing green spine

67. Earthman’s Burden, by Poul Anderson & Gordon Dickson, 1957, 185 pages, $3.00, 5000 copies printed, 2000 bound 1957, 1000 bound 1959.

Hardback. Jacket Design by Edd Cartier.”First edition” stated on copyright page. Printed by H. Wolff, New York. Back cover: 35 titles. Gnome’s address given as 80 East 11th St., New York 3.

Variants

1) CURREY (A) Pale blue boards, spine lettered in dark blue, printed 1957.
2) CURREY (B) Gray cloth, spine lettered in red, printed 1959.

Variant, Not in Currey

3) Red boards, spine lettered in black, printed 1959?

68: Path of Unreason, by George O. Smith, 1958

69. Starman’s Quest, by Robert Silverberg, 1958, 185 pages, $3.00, 5000 copies printed, 2000 bound 1958, 1000 bound 1960?

Hardback. Cover by Stan Mack. “First edition” stated on copyright page. No printer designated. Back cover: 35 titles. Gnome Press address given as “P. O. Box 161, Hicksville, N. Y.

Variants, listed in order of priority

1) Currey (A), Dark blue-gray boards, spine lettered in yellow, printed 1958
2) Currey (B), Gray boards, spine lettered in red, printed?
3) Currey (C), Gray cloth, spine lettered in red, printed 1960?

NOTES: Currey has several inconsistencies. In both CURREY and the 2002 Revision, the date is listed as 1959. Both CHALKER and KEMP list the date as 1958, which matches the copyright page. The 2002 Revision lists the title as STAR MAN’S QUEST, three words, which is inconsistent with any spelling on the book itself and with the entry in CURREY. CURREY lists two states, (A) Dark blue-gray boards, spine lettered in yellow and (B) Gray cloth, spine lettered in red, which matches CHALKER. The 2002 Revision lists the third variant and inserts it between the other two. Therefore CURREY (B) first edition is not the same as CURREY (B) for the 2002 revision.

70: Undersea City, by Frederick Pohl & Jack Williamson, 1958
71: Tros of Samosthrace, by Talbot Mundy, 1958

72. SF:58 The Year’s Greatest Science-Fiction and Fantasy, Edited by Judith Merril, 1958, 255 pages, $3.50, 4000 copies printed (1,263 remaindered)

Hardback. Oversize 6 1/6 x 8 1/4. Jacket Design by W. I. van der Poel, Jr. ”First Edition” stated on copyright page. Designed by Western Printing & Lithographing Company. Printed by Noble Offset Co., New York. Bound by H. Wolff, New York. Back cover: 35 titles. Gnome’s address given as P. O. Box 161, Hicksville, N.Y.

Variants in order of probable priority:

1. CURREY (A) Cloth, Dark red cloth with spine lettered in black.
2. CURREY (B) Boards, Dark red boards with spine lettered in black.

Note, printed simultaneously with Dell First Editions B119, no priority known.


73: Methuselah’s Children, by Robert A. Heinlein, 1958
74: The Survivors, by Tom Godwin, 1958
75: The Bird of Time, by Wallace West, 1959
76: The Dawning Light, by Robert Randall, 1959
77: The Purple Pirate, by Talbot Mundy, 1959

78. SF:59 The Year’s Greatest Science-Fiction and Fantasy, Edited by Judith Merril, 1958, 256 pages, $3.50, 5000 copies printed

Hardback. Jacket Design by W. I. van der Poel, Jr. ”First Edition” stated on copyright page. Designed by Western Printing & Lithographing Company. Printed by Noble Offset Co., New York. Bound by H. Wolff, New York. Back cover: 32 titles. Gnome’s address given as P. O. Box 161, Hicksville, N.Y.

Variants in order of probable priority:

1. CURREY (A) Red boards, dark red boards with spine lettered in black.
2. CURREY (B) Green boards, green boards with spine lettered in black.
3. CURREY (C) Red cloth, dark red cloth with spine lettered in black.

Note, printed simultaneously with Dell First Editions B129, no priority known.

79: The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag, by Robert A. Heinlein, 1959
80: The Menace from Earth, by Robert A. Heinlein, 1959

81. The Vortex Blaster, by E. E. Smith, Ph D., 1960, 191 pages, $3.00, 3000 copies printed, 1960, 500 bound 1962.

Cover design by W. I. Van den Poel. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. No printer listed. Back cover: 32 titles. Gnome Press address listed as P. O. Box 161, Hicksville N.Y.

Variants, given in CURREY

1) CURREY (A1) Hardback, blue boards, spine lettered in yellow, bound 1960.
2) CURREY (A2) Hardback, gray cloth, spine lettered in red, bound 1962.
3) CURREY (A3) Gray wrappers, lettered in black, spine blank.

82: Agent of Vega, by James A. Schmitz, 1960

83. Drunkard’s Walk, by Frederik Pohl, 1961, 160 pages, $2.75. 3000 copies printed.

Hardback. Tan boards with spine lettered in black. No internal information. Back cover: 32 titles. Gnome Press address given as P. O. Box 161, Hicksville, N.Y.

Note: First hardcover edition, reprint of Ballantine Books paperback #439K.


84: Invaders from the Infinite, by John W. Campbell, 1961
85: Grey Lensmen, by Edward E. Smith, Ph. D., 1961
86: The Philosophical Corps,, by Everett B. Cole, 1962

NOTE: Except for switching the positions of #16, Journey to Infinity, and #17, Travelers in Space, I have followed the order given in ESHBACH, CHALKER and KEMP.

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