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Anderson, Poul
book-date: 1968
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Jack Gaughan

Book= Fine
Dustjacket= VG+ to near-Fine

Gregg Press: "First Printing" April 1978 hardcover (the paperback was in 1968.) Cover by Jack Gaughan (same cover-art used for all 7 volumes of this set.) Condition is Fine in a VG+ to near-Fine dustjacket: the book is tight and square, with very mild or negligible age-tanning. No stamps, marks or writing - a very clean copy that looks unread. The DJ is in nice shape with no tears and a little rubbing wear down middle of spine (see scans.) Underneath the DJ protector, the covers front and back have developed a slight waviness over time (see scan #2.) My guess is that in 2 decades normal variance in humidity caused the dustjacket to expand in Summers, but the DJ-protector limited that expansion and so the gentle waviness resulted. Since the Demco DJ protector is flat with little wear, it tends to mask this effect - I would leave it on.

I'm selling this for a friend who bought his copy at the same time I did: when Gregg Press was selling the last of their stock for half price (possibly part of the same batch.) I didn't put DJ protectors on mine so the covers are flat (and spines sun-faded), and his copies have uniform color and the subtle waviness described above.

A note about the Gregg Press hardcover editions. Their print runs were low (typically 500 to 700?) and their quality is high: acid free paper, so age-tanning is negligible; the binding is sewn, and the boards are heavier than most. They will last much longer than the original, if there was one. Another seller dropped me a note to clarify something I thought was just an inconsistency: sometimes the credits page will state "First Printing" followed by a month and year - and sometimes not. Apparently they occasionally did another print run, and dropped the "First Printing" line on those. I don't think the total print runs for any of their books exceeded my own cutoff point for defining small press editions, which is 3,000 copies (the typical print run of a non-reprinted Arkham House book.) Most of the books they chose to reprint in hardcover were chosen for quality and popularity of the author - even when an earlier hardcover exists, the Gregg edition tends to be the preferred one.

The Horn of Time, by Poul Anderson - a collection of stories (1968.)

The Horn of Time the Hunter - (original title = "Homo Aquaticus")
A Man to My Wounding
The High Ones
The Man Who Came Early

These appeared from 1956 to 1962 - in Amazing, Ellery Queen's, Astounding, Magazine of F&SF and Infinity. My favorite of these was "Progress." The 1968 paperback original was the first time any of these had appeared in an Anderson collection.

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