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152: History of Civilization by E.E. Smith 6vols 1/75

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Title: The History of Civilization - Six Volume Set in Original Publisher's Cardboard Case
Author: Smith, Edward E. ("Doc")
Description: 6 volumes. 7x5, burgundy morocco-backed cloth, gilt-lettered spines, top edges stained red, with original transparent plastic dust jackets, housed in original publisher's red cardboard box (lacks lid). One of 75 copies.Number 30 out of 75 sets, each signed on the limitation statement, tipped-in after the title page. Volume 1 inscribed by the author on the limitation statement to Briana and Paul Wyskowski (?), "in grateful appreciation of your appreciation of my stuff." Volumes titled, in order: Triplanetary, First Lensman, Galactic Patrol, Gray Lensman, Second Stage Lensmen, Children of the Lens. A very rare set, with the especially scarce original box (but which lacks the lid), and all six original plastic dust jackets, which have retained all six volumes in near fine condition. "Printed by Eshbach from original plates on fine linen weave paper...then bound in red half-leather with a special autograph page, all signed by the author and numbered, 60 presold before publication and inscribed to specific people, three were bound in full blue leather, one for Smith (now owned by his daughter) and two still held by Eshbach; the other 12 not resold were sold to old friends and collectors, the last one at the 1962 World SF Convention in Chicago....The box was indeed a box, not a traycase or slipcase; although form-fitting and matching (albeit in cardboard, not buckram), it actually had a shoebox-like lid. Only three sets with a lid in tact are known. Copies had thick transparent plastic jackets without imprinting so the books show through...Many sets today lack the box, or plastic, or both (the plastic discolored if shelved in sunlight for years, so many owners remove them and lose them; the books remain fine, better if the plastic's left on even if it is ugly...A legend in specialty publishing and fine bookmaking. A collector's dream...One of those specialty press productions that causes awe for many contemporary collectors." -Chalker 226.
Heading: zzcPlace Published: Reading, Pennsylvania
Publisher: Fantasy Press, Inc.
Date Published: 1955


Publisher's box lacks lid, and with tape repairs at all corners, heavily rubbed; most jackets with wear at spine tips, including three with chipped heads and/or heels, one of which has tape repair at heel; foxed fore and bottom edges of page blocks; a bit of yellowing at endpapers; near fine volumes in very good or better dust jackets, in a good cardboard slipcase/box.
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