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Conjure Wife., Leiber,  Fritz
1 Leiber, FritzConjure Wife. 01223
Twayne: NY. 1953.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Novel of modern day witchcraft. A very uncommon hardcover.

''Conjure Wife (1943 Unknown) is set on a 20th-century US university campus where male career advancement depends on magical conflict between secret masters - academic wives who are (like all women) witches. By making his wife abandon this ''superstition'', the professor-hero destroys his own defences. A cement dragon moves to threaten him; the wife's soul is stolen, with possession and identity exchange to follow; the protagonist is forced to abandon scepticism and discover the underlying equations of magic, via symbolic logic. It is an effectively uneasy exercise in the paranoid. It has been filmed as WEIRD WOMAN (1944) and BURN WITCH BURN (1961)'' (David Langford/Encyclopedia of Fantasy).


Page edges browning, an almost fine copy in a good dustjacket.

Price: 95.00 GBP
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Night Of The Wolf., Leiber,  Fritz
2 Leiber, FritzNight Of The Wolf. 32461
Sphere: London. 1976.
First British edition (& 1st printing).
Paperback original.
Collects four linked stories.

NF/Fine (unread) copy.

Price: 5.00 GBP
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Our Lady Of Darkness., Leiber,  Fritz
3 Leiber, FritzOur Lady Of Darkness. 15356
Millington: London. 1978.
First British edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Supernatural novel set in San Francisco. Winner of the 1978 World Fantasy Award for best novel. In Cawthorn & Moorcock, Fantasy: the 100 Best Books (#94). In Pringle, Modern Fantasy: the 100 Best Novels (#66). Very uncommon UK hardcover.

'' a smoothly underplayed urban fantasy with echoes of H.P. Lovecraft (including a new addition to the Necronomicon library, the prophetic work Megalopolisomancy), has elements of autobiography and of ironic allegory - when the irrational monster finally takes form, it is composed of shredded paper from the books to which the protagonist has given too much of his life, and is dispersed by reciting rationalist names of power including those of Pythagoras, Newton and Einstein'' (David Langford/Encyclopedia of Fantasy).


Page edges browning, bottom spine edge a little soft, else a fine copy in a fine dustjacket but for light edge wear at several places.

Price: 50.00 GBP
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Our Lady Of Darkness., Leiber,  Fritz
4 Leiber, FritzOur Lady Of Darkness. 02529
Berkley: NY. 1977.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Supernatural novel set in San Francisco. Winner of the 1978 World Fantasy Award for best novel. In Cawthorn & Moorcock, Fantasy: the 100 Best Books (#94). In Pringle, Modern Fantasy: the 100 Best Novels (#66).

'' a smoothly underplayed urban fantasy with echoes of H.P. Lovecraft (including a new addition to the Necronomicon library, the prophetic work Megalopolisomancy), has elements of autobiography and of ironic allegory - when the irrational monster finally takes form, it is composed of shredded paper from the books to which the protagonist has given too much of his life, and is dispersed by reciting rationalist names of power including those of Pythagoras, Newton and Einstein'' (David Langford/Encyclopedia of Fantasy).


Fine copy in an almost fine dustjacket.

Price: 75.00 GBP
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Rime Isle (signed/slipcased)., Leiber,  Fritz
5 Leiber, FritzRime Isle (signed/slipcased). 12561
Whispers Press. 1977.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Heroic fantasy. Collection of linked stories featuring Fafhrd & Gray Mouser: illustrated by Tim Kirk. The first book from Whispers Press. LIMITED EDITION: 250 numbered copies signed by the author, artist and publisher and slipcased. This is no 51.

''his best-loved work is the long-running heroic fantasy series featuring the paradigmatic duo: Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser (F&GM). These characters, respectively a tall northern barbarian of unbarbaric intelligence and a small, mercurial trickster figure, were suggested by the author's friend Harry Otto Fischer in 1934; Leiber acknowledged this when introducing his first collection, Night's Black Agents (1947), going into greater detail in his essay ''Fafhrd and Me'' (1963; exp in The Second Book of Fritz Leiber coll 1975; further exp Fafhrd & Me coll 1991 chap)'' (David Langford/Encyclopedia of Fantasy).


Fine copy in a fine dustjacket and slipcase (as new).

Price: 50.00 GBP
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The Big Time (Hugo Award winner)., Leiber,  Fritz
6 Leiber, FritzThe Big Time (Hugo Award winner). 29071
Severn House: London 1976.
First British hardcover edition.
Hardcover.
SF novel. First published as an Ace paperback original in 1961 (D-491), this UK hardcover was published in the same year as the Gregg Press hardcover edition. Winner of the 1958 Hugo Award for best novel.

''his return to sf in 1958 was vigorous, his first stories introducing the Change War series, built around a time-paradox war being fought through time and space and alternate worldsby two factions, the ''Spiders'' and the ''Snakes''. The sequence comprises THE BIG TIME (1961) along with most of The Mind Spider and Other Stories (1961): The Big Time, which takes place entirely in one room (an R & R location called the Place, sited beyond normal realities) is suggestive of a play in prose form, and thus reflects the author's background in theatre; both his parents were Shakespearean actors and his father appeared in many films, and Leiber himself himself acted on both stage and screen, including a small part in the Greta Garbo film Camille (1936). The Big Time won a Hugo as Best Novel'' (Malcolm J Edwards/Encyclopedia of SF).


Fine copy in a VG+ dustjacket with light edge wear.

Price: 30.00 GBP
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The Big Time (Hugo Award winner)., Leiber,  Fritz
7 Leiber, FritzThe Big Time (Hugo Award winner). 42439
Ace Books: NY. Nd.
Reprint.
Paperback original.
SF novel. First published as an Ace paperback original in 1961 (D-491), this UK hardcover was published in the same year as the Gregg Press hardcover edition. Winner of the 1958 Hugo Award for best novel. Ace 06218 ($1.25).

''his return to sf in 1958 was vigorous, his first stories introducing the Change War series, built around a time-paradox war being fought through time and space and alternate worldsby two factions, the ''Spiders'' and the ''Snakes''. The sequence comprises THE BIG TIME (1961) along with most of The Mind Spider and Other Stories (1961): The Big Time, which takes place entirely in one room (an R & R location called the Place, sited beyond normal realities) is suggestive of a play in prose form, and thus reflects the author's background in theatre; both his parents were Shakespearean actors and his father appeared in many films, and Leiber himself himself acted on both stage and screen, including a small part in the Greta Garbo film Camille (1936). The Big Time won a Hugo as Best Novel'' (Malcolm J Edwards/Encyclopedia of SF).


Near fine (NF) copy.

Price: 5.00 GBP
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The Green Millennium., Leiber,  Fritz
8 Leiber, FritzThe Green Millennium. 43408
Abelard Press: NY. 1953.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
SF novel.

''his first important work of sf was Gather Darkness! (1943 ASF; 1950), in which a religious dictatorship is overthrown by rebels who disguise their superscience (colourfully, if by far-fetched logic) as witchcraft. Destiny Times Three (1945 ASF; 1957) is a neglected alternate worlds variant. In the early 1950s he became a regular contributor to Galaxy magazine, for which he wrote a number of notable stories, chiefly social satire. Paramount among these is ''Coming Attraction'' (1950), depicting an unpleasantly decadent future USA. THE GREEN MILLENIUM (1953) shows some similar thematic concerns, particularly regarding sexual mores. He then fell silent for four years, through alcoholism (about which he was candid).'' (Malcolm J. Edwards & John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF).


Page edges a little browned, else a fine copy in a VG dustjacket with background spine fade (green to light brown) and dust-soiling to rear panel.

Price: 50.00 GBP
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The Pale Brown Thing., Leiber,  Fritz
9 Leiber, FritzThe Pale Brown Thing. 41009
The Swan River Press: Dublin, Ireland. 2016.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Foreword by Donald Sidney-Fryer: afterword by John Howard. Serialised in 1977, The Pale Brown Thing is a shorter version of Fritz Leiberís World Fantasy Award-winning novel of the supernatural, Our Lady of Darkness. Leiber maintained that the two texts should be regarded as the same story told at different times. Limited to 350 (unnumbered) hardcover copies.

''the novella stands as Leiberís vision of 1970s San Francisco: a city imbued with an eccentric vibe and nefarious entities, in which pulp writer Franz Westen uncovers an alternate portrait of the cityís fin de siecle literary set - Ambrose Bierce, Jack London, Clark Ashton Smith - as well as the darker invocations of occultist Thibaut de Castries and a pale brown inhabitant of Corona Heights''.


Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new) with publicity postcard laid in.

Price: 28.00 GBP
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The Silver Eel., Leiber,  Fritz (THE SILVER EEL)
10 Leiber, Fritz (THE SILVER EEL)The Silver Eel. 07284
Robert P. Barger, Publisher. 1978.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Stapled pictorial covers.
A well-produced one-shot fanzine edited by by Robert P. Barger, devoted to Leiber's fantasy heroes, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Includes an interview with Leiber, a bibliography, an essay by Karl Edward Wagner, as well as other material. Cover art by Tim Kirk.

Fine (as new) copy.

Price: 15.00 GBP
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