Saturday, 27 October 2018

Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair 2018 - trip report

Visited the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair this weekend. Dave Smith of Fantasy Illustrated sent me a pass for it, and having been there last year, I went again this year. Enjoyed it thoroughly, and for those who weren't there, a few photos.

Dave Smith of Fantasy Illustrated had his usual wall of high grade pulps
Dave Smith (Fantasy Illustrated) had his usual wall of high grade pulps

Dave Smith (Fantasy Illustrated) wall of high grade pulps closeup
Dave Smith (Fantasy Illustrated) wall of high grade pulps closeup
And more on the shelves, Courtroom Stories April 1932
And more on the shelves, Courtroom Stories April 1932 


Heartwood Books were there too, and had some pulps - high grade Dime Detective, Ace Mystery and Blue Book
Heartwood Books were there too, and had some pulps - high grade Dime Detective, Ace Mystery and Blue Book
Dr. Richard Meli of Heartwood Books showing me a treasure - see photos below
Dr. Richard Meli of Heartwood Books showing me a treasure - see photos below
The original typed manuscript for Black Colossus by Robert E. Howard
The original typed manuscript for Black Colossus by Robert E. Howard



The original typed manuscript for Black Colossus by Robert E. Howard, inscribed to Robert H. Barlow
The original typed manuscript for Black Colossus by Robert E. Howard, inscribed to Robert H. Barlow


Some other dealers had a few pulps too
Some other dealers had a few pulps too
Some pulp-related stuff:

Pen Sketches by Charles M. Russell
Pen Sketches by Charles M. Russell 

A couple of Conan the Barbarian first editions from Gnome Press
A couple of Conan the Barbarian first editions from Gnome Press

Second collection of short stories by Murray Leinster, first edition by Shasta Press (Stories originally appeared in Astounding and Thrilling Wonder Stories)
Second collection of short stories by Murray Leinster, first edition by Shasta Press
(Stories originally appeared in Astounding and Thrilling Wonder Stories)

Collection of short stories mostly from the pulp magazines, edited by Rex Stout (Stories taken mainly from the detective pulps - Black Mask, Detective Magazine, Detective Tales, Popular Detective, Speed Detective and a few from the slicks - Atlantic Monthly, Cosmopolitan, Woman's Home Companion)
Collection of short stories mostly from the pulp magazines, edited by Rex Stout
(Stories taken mainly from the detective pulps - Black Mask, Detective Magazine, Detective Tales, Popular Detective, Speed Detective and a few from the slicks - Atlantic Monthly, Cosmopolitan, Woman's Home Companion)

Slaves of Sleep. a heroic fantasy novel written by L. Ron Hubbard,  first edition from Shasta Publishers (Story originally appeared in Street and Smith's Unknown)
Slaves of Sleep. a heroic fantasy novel written by L. Ron Hubbard,  first edition from Shasta Publishers
(Story originally appeared in Street and Smith's Unknown)

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov first edition from Gnome Press (Stories originally appeared in Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction)
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov first edition from Gnome Press
(Stories originally appeared in Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction)
First edition of Dune by Frank Herbert (Stories originally appeared in Analog)
First edition of Dune by Frank Herbert
(Stories originally appeared in Analog)

Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles first edition (Many stories originally appeared in Weird Tales, Planet Stories and other magazines)
Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles first edition
(Many stories originally appeared in Weird Tales, Planet Stories and other magazines)

Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man first edition (Story originally appeared in Galaxy magazine)
Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man first edition
(Story originally appeared in Galaxy magazine)

Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon is a harsh mistress (Originally serialized in Worlds of If)
Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon is a harsh mistress
(Originally serialized in Worlds of If)
All of Robert A. Heinlein's published fiction and non-fiction (Special box set of the Virginia Edition)
All of Robert A. Heinlein's published fiction and non-fiction
(Special box set of the Virginia Edition)

A few of George R.R. Martin's books in the Game of Thrones series were there
A few of George R.R. Martin's books in the Game of Thrones series were there

Some James Bond first editions
Some James Bond first editions

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird British first edition
Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird British first edition
P.G. Wodehouse - three American first editions
P.G. Wodehouse - three American first editions

Old and relatively new first editions side by side
Old and relatively new first editions side by side

Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman, first edition
Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman, first edition

First editions - The Godfather by Mario Puzo, Poirot loses a client by Agatha Christie and The Dead don't care by Jonathan Latimer
First editions - The Godfather by Mario Puzo, Poirot loses a client by Agatha Christie and The Dead don't care by Jonathan Latimer

More firsts - The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett, My gun is quick by Mickey Spillane and Psycho by Robert Bloch
More firsts - The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett, My gun is quick by Mickey Spillane and Psycho by Robert Bloch
Some artwork and art-related books:
The art of Walt Disney with a hand-drawn sketch of Mickey Mouse by Disney himself inside
The art of Walt Disney with a hand-drawn sketch of Mickey Mouse by Disney himself inside



A Peanuts cel from one of the cartoons
A Peanuts cel from one of the cartoons


W. Heath Robinson cartoon
W. Heath Robinson cartoon

F.C. Yohn illustration for Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
F.C. Yohn illustration for Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

A rare Disney publication
A rare Disney publication
An original cel from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
An original cel from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves


A complete set of tickets to the Columbian Exposition (Too late to go there now)
A complete set of tickets to the Columbian Exposition (Too late to go there now)
Many other things weird and wonderful were there, like this set of clothing samples in a salesman's display box from the 1930s
Many other things weird and wonderful were there, like this set of clothing samples in a salesman's display box from the 1930s
It's all calculated to drive you Mad.
It's all calculated to drive you Mad.


Saturday, 20 October 2018

Issue Review - Western Story Annual, 1948

[It's taken only 70 years to get this issue reviewed. Gives me hope that I'll catch up on my reading someday, and be able to positively answer that question that all of us book and magazine readers and collectors have to endure, namely "Have you read all those books?"]


Western Story Annual [1948] (Street & Smith Publications, Inc., 25¢, 228pp, large pulp)

Western Story Annual 1948, a Street and Smith annual compilation
Western Story Annual 1948, a Street and Smith annual compilation


Not even a single story from 1948 or 1947 is included in this issue, a little misleading considering the title. It’s still a good selection of stories from Western Story and one story from Western Adventures. The highlights are the stories from Eli Colter, Bennett Foster, L.L. Foreman and Frank Richardson Pierce. There are six issues known of this magazine, and maybe more exist.


Saturday, 13 October 2018

Adventure House Pulp and Collectibles Show – Trip Report

Adventure House held their first pulp convention in Maryland recently. I found cheapish tickets for the trip, and there I was. A good beginning to what I hope is a new annual show. Rain depressed attendance (Hurricane Florence sent preliminary rain storms up and down the east coast) and flights and in general I got the impression that Seattle weather had somehow been packed in my luggage and let loose when I unpacked.

I was too busy talking to friends to take many photos, here are a few:

Dealers room at the Adventure House one day convention


Adventure House’s Wall of Pulp

Todd’s Wall of high-grade Pulp (They look like replicas because they're in such good condition)



A pair of Argosy cover paintings by Paul Stahr in fantastic condition. Already sold, or else I might have grabbed one and run…




Some pulps at the show:



Always great to meet old friends and make new ones. Another highlight of the show was the discussion with David Saunders, pulp art expert. David had a table at the convention covered with many rare pulps with his father’s (Norman Saunders) art.



This one was apparently inspired by a famous J.C. Leyendecker illustration. Maybe this one?



Looking at the collection of magazines spread out on the table, I asked David a question about his dad’s art. I noticed that he rarely painted people standing upright. (All pictures of original art  courtesy Heritage Auctions). It was always people leaning,





falling,





cringing,



running,


or being carried


David told me his father used a composition technique called dynamic composition, where diagonal lines brings a feeling of action to the viewer. Didn't know that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udhhGzGr3ZQ has details.

Headed home after a couple of long flights and a goodish pile of loot. The trip was worth it.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Ramon F. Adams – Author, Cowboy historian, Candyman

Ramon F. Adams c. 1965 in the Tucson Daily Citizen
Ramon F. Adams c. 1965 in the Tucson Daily Citizen

Yes, you read that right. Candyman was one of the professions of Ramon F. Adams, a prominent author on the west and cowboys. He was born in Moscow, Texas in 1889, trained as a violinist before a wrist injury ended his musical career as teacher and player. After being injured, he bought a candy store in Dallas (his wife had always been interested in the business), and turned it into a successful retail and wholesale business, selling Texas style candies branded Burnt Offerings, Texas Pecandy and Pastelillos in the store and through large department stores like Neiman Marcus. On the occasion of his birthday, a short article about him.