Friday, July 04, 2014

FFB: The Reader's Guide to Barsoom and Amtor -- David G. Van Arnam & Others

This is a book, if indeed it is a book (the fact that it's loose sheets might argue against that), that few of you will ever have seen or even heard of.  

Here's the description of it from a seller on Abebooks: Book Description: [New York: Richard A. Lupoff, 1963. Large octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-2] 3 [4: blank] 5-11 [12: blank] [1-2] 13-38 [1- 4] 39-84, folding chart of Barsoom, 2 plates, one an illustration by Roy G. Krenkel, the other an illustration by Al Williamson, loose sheets as issued. First edition. 500 copies printed, this issue being one of 200 copies with limitation statement on verso of title leaf numbered and signed by David G. Van Arnam. Contains an introduction by Donald A. Wollheim, a preface, afterword and essay by Lupoff, two essays by van Arnam, and one by Larry Ivie. 

My copy is #20 of the 200 signed and numbered ones, but it's sadly lacking the folding chart of Barsoom, but it does have the plates by Krenkel and Williamson.  I suppose it's more of a curiosity now than anything else, but it's the kind of fan scholarship that I enjoy, so naturally I like having things like this around the house.


Rick Robinson said...

This sounds vaguely familiar, have you mentioned it before?

Unknown said...

You don't expect me to remember that, I hope!