Author: Dan B.

The Silver Eel – one-shot Lankhmar fanzine

silvereelItem Name and Description: The Silver Eel was a one-shot fanzine devoted to Fritz Leiber and Harry Otto Fischer’s Lankhmar stories. It was published by Robert Barger in 1978. It contains an interview with Leiber, essays by Karl Edward Wagner, Ken St. Andre, Fischer, and others, and artwork by people such as Tim Kirk, Gene Day, and Liz Danforth. (The cover is by Kirk and depicts Leiber as Fafhrd and Fischer as the Grey Mouser.)

For reasons not convenient to explain I have 11 extra copies of this. You may bid on one or more copies as you prefer – please specify how many. You do not need to outbid anyone unless and until all 11 copies have been bid on – I will post here in the unlikely event this occurs.

None of these copies have been read and all are in fine shape, though some have a little yellowing of page edges and such.

Starting Bid: 20.00

Shipping: United States for free, outside the US for an additional donation which could be steep (please ask first)

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Thirteen Aubrey-Maturin books by Patrick O’Brian

Item Name and Description: All are US editions. All have been read and the trade paperbacks have a little wear.

  • Master and Commander. Trade.
  • Post Captain. Trade.
  • H.M.S. Surprise. Trade.
  • The Mauritius Command. Trade.
  • Desolation Island. Trade.
  • Treason’s Harbour. Trade.
  • The Reverse of the Medal. Trade.
  • The Thirteen Gun Salute. Trade.
  • The Wine-Dark Sea. Hardcover.
  • The Commodore. Hardcover.
  • The Yellow Admiral. Hardcover.
  • The Hundred Days. Hardcover.
  • Blue at the Mizzen. Hardcover. This has a mylar jacket cover, and was apparently was a review copy as it has promotional material laid in.

Starting Bid: 80.00

Shipping: United States only (shipping this elsewhere would cost a small fortune)

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Books by Butler, Okorafor, McHugh, and Brackett

Item Name and Description: Four books:

  • Dawn by Octavia Butler. This is a first edition hardcover. It has a little jacket wear.
  • The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor(-Mbachu). Also a first edition hardcover. This is in excellent condition but does have a remainder mark on one edge. It has been read.
  • Mothers and Other Monsters by Maureen F. McHugh. First edition trade. It has been read but is in excellent shape.
  • The Halfling and Other Stories by Leigh Brackett. Mass-market paperback, has a fair amount of wear but is intact.

Starting Bid: 25.00

Shipping: United States only (shipping this elsewhere would cost a small fortune)

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Jeffrey Ford’s The Well-Built City trilogy

Item Name and Description: Ford made his reputation with short stories and these, his second, third, and fourth-published books. They are all first editions.

  • The Physiognomy. It has a little cover wear.
  • Memoranda. The page edges show some discoloration from age; Avon’s paper was not all it might have been.
  • The Beyond. The jacket has some rubbing.

Starting Bid: 15.00

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Poster signed by Frank Herbert

herbertItem Name and Description: A poster of the cover art to Frank Herbert’s The White Plague, signed by Herbert.

As can be seen the poster has been folded (it came that way) and is somewhat rough around the edges. On the other hand, items signed by Herbert are a bit thin on the ground these days.

The poster is 18″x24″.

Starting Bid: 10.00

Shipping: United States for free, outside the US for an additional donation which could be steep (please ask first)

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Signed and numbered Michael Whelan print

whelanItem Name and Description: A signed and numbered (102/150) print of Michael Whelan’s cover for Isaac Asimov’s The Robots of Dawn.

This was purchased not long after the book came out, hung on a wall out of direct sunlight for a few years, then stored. Unfortunately the storage area had a brief humidity issue. The print was not badly affected, but there are a few rough areas on the mat where spots were removed, and the surface of the print is slightly warped (re-matting it might or might not fix this).

The flaws are honestly nearly invisible when the print is behind glass as it should be. (Note that the original frame is not included.)

The size (with the mat) is 16″x20″,

Starting Bid: 50

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Two Chris Ware-related books

Item Name and Description: Two books:

  • The US hardcover edition of his Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth.
  • Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #13, which Ware guest-edited. This is a big anthology of comics, mostly new but with some historical pieces, plus a few articles on comics. Contributors include Lynda Barry, Chip Kidd, and too many others to list – see the Wikipedia page for the series for the full list.

These have both been read once and are in excellent condition. McSweeney’s has the jacket, which many cheap copies don’t; the jacket is actually part of the anthology since it unfolds to reveal two comics by Ware. Tucked in the jacket folds are two mini-comics, which are present.

Starting Bid: 20.00

Shipping: United States only (shipping this elsewhere would cost a small fortune)

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True 1st of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest

Item Name and Description: A copy of the true first printing of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. These are fairly rare, especially with a first printing jacket (you can tell the jacket is correct because William Vollmann’s name is misspelled).

It has issues, which is why the starting bid is low; copies in good shape sell for $200 and up. The jacket has a fair amount of edgewear. The spine has creasing and you can see that the lower edge of the front has discoloration from something, but probably not a liquid since it’s not warped and the front endpaper is not damaged (it does have a previous owner’s name and a stamp on it, as shown). The page block has some dirt and discoloration, mostly on the bottom (shown).

Starting Bid: 40.00

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True first printings of Infinite Jest

Item Name & Description: Two copies of the true first printing of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. These are fairly rare, especially with a first printing jacket (you can tell the jacket is correct because William Vollmann’s name is misspelled).

Both these copies have issues, which is why the starting bids are low; copies in good shape sell for $200 and up. One copy is ex-library. The jacket doesn’t show it, and is in decent condition overall, but the page block has a “withdrawn” stamp and some dirt, the boards have marks from where tape was removed, and there are a few interior signs as well. (These are shown in the pictures.) Otherwise it’s clean and bright.

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True first printings of Infinite Jest

True first printings of Infinite Jest

True first printings of Infinite Jest

True first printings of Infinite Jest

The other copy is not ex-library but has more wear overall. The jacket has a fair amount of edgewear. The spine has creasing and you can see that the lower edge of the front has discoloration from something, but probably not a liquid since it’s not warped and the front endpaper is not damaged (it does have a previous owner’s name and a stamp on it, as shown). The page block has some dirt and discoloration, mostly on the bottom (shown).

True first printings of Infinite Jest

True first printings of Infinite Jest

True first printings of Infinite Jest

True first printings of Infinite Jest

True first printings of Infinite Jest

Starting Bid: $20 each; please indicate whether you are bidding on copy 1 (ex-library) or copy 2 (the other one)

Notes: I will mail these for free in the US but won’t mail them elsewhere (international shipping has just gotten too expensive). I will mail them within a few days of receiving the donation notification.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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Mary Doria Russell: The Sparrow and sequel 1st printings

Item Name & Description: True first printing copies of Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow and Children of God.

For the sequel that isn’t a big deal, but The Sparrow had a first printing with minor errors on the jacket and in a few spots in the text, so they’re valued by collectors (some, anyway).

Both books are unread and in fine shape, although the jacket of The Sparrow does have some rubbing (probably not very visible in the picture, but I did my best).

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Starting Bid: $20

Notes:I will mail these for free in the US but won’t mail them elsewhere (international shipping has just gotten too expensive). I will mail them within a few days of receiving the donation notification.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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