Royal Oak, Michigan: Haffner Press, 2000. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 89 of 100, octavo size, 569 pp., signed by Jack Williamson. Fine / Fine. Item #16033228
John Stewart "Jack" Williamson (1908-2006) was a writer whose career spanned decades; continuing to write into his nineties, he won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards during the last decade of his life and was the oldest writer to win those awards (n. b., info from Wikipedia). "Wizard's Isle" is the third volume presented by the Haffner Press to collect the stories of Jack Williamson, following "Metal Man" and "Wolves of Darkness" and is drawn from classic pulp magazines. This volume includes The Electron Flame, The Wand of Doom, Salvage in Space, Dead Star Station, Invaders of the Ice World, Born of the Sun, Xandulu, The Galactic Circle, Islands of the Sun, and Grey Arms of Death.
___DESCRIPTION: Full teal cloth, gilt lettering and ruled borders on the spine, pictorial endpapers showing the original covers from the pulp magazines, frontispiece a facsimile of "The first page of the author's manuscript to 'Invaders of the Ice World', featuring an unpublished preface", pictorial limitation statement following the title page; octavo size (9.25" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-xiv] xv-xvi 1-540 [541-543], one of 100 copies of the special edition (there were also 1000 copies of the trade edition issued), this number 89, signed by Jack Williamson on the limitation statement. In a pictorial dust jacket with full-colour images of the pulp magazine on the front panel and spine, praise for the book on the rear panel, a description of the book on the front flap, and author bio on the rear flap; the dust jacket is unclipped and has the original price of $125.00 (for the limited edition) on the front flap. In publisher's slipcase covered in teal cloth matching the binding of the book.
___CONDITION: Volume is fine, with clean boards, a strong, square text block, solid hinges, perfectly straight corners with no rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings; crisp and tight, the book appears unread. The dust jacket is fine also, unclipped, clean with bright colours, no sunning whatsoever; very shallow crease to the bottom of the spine, else fine. The publisher's slipcase is fine, strong and sturdy, clean, without wear.
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