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''Nebula Maker''., Stapledon,  Olaf
1 Stapledon, Olaf''Nebula Maker''. 09845
Bran's Head Books: Hayes. 1976.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
An early, previously unpublished version of STAR MAKER (1937): four page introduction by Harvey Satty. 126 pages.

''apparently written in the mid-1930s as part of an early draft for STAR MAKER and then put aside'' (Encyclopedia of SF).


Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new) but for light spotting along the edges of the inner wraps.

Price: 15.00 GBP
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Darkness And The Light., Stapledon,  Olaf
2 Stapledon, OlafDarkness And The Light. 41169
Methuen & Co Ltd: London. 1942.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
SF novel.

''...these five works of sf constitute the living core of Stapledon's fiction, DARKNESS AND THE LIGHT (1942) being a less sustained exercise in Future History, depicting two great domains, one numbingly dystopian, the other a high-minded utopia dominated by Tibetans'' (Mike Ashley & Jhn Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition)..


Page edges browning, a near fine copy (light green cloth with red lettering on spine) in a good dustjacket with two thumbnail-sized chips from top and bottom spine edge, and dust soiling along the rear flap fold and rear (white) panel.

Price: 150.00 GBP
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Far Future Calling: A Radio Play., Stapledon,  Olaf
3 Stapledon, OlafFar Future Calling: A Radio Play. 07614
S Press. 1977.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Stapled wrappers.
28 pages with a short introduction. First publication of SF radio play, written (but never performed) for the BBC in early 1930. Published in a numbered limited edition of 100 copies (this is no 33) for distribution to the members of the Olaf Stapledon Society. Very uncommon booklet. Later collected (as the title story) in the 1979 Oswald Train hardcover FAR FUTURE CALLING: UNCOLLECTED SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASIES OF OLAF STAPLEDON.

Near fine (NF) copy with light browning along the edges of the (light blue) covers.

Price: 25.00 GBP
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Last And First Men: A Story Of The Near And Far Future (+ mint facsimile dustjacket)., Stapledon,  Olaf
4 Stapledon, OlafLast And First Men: A Story Of The Near And Far Future (+ mint facsimile dustjacket). 38952
Methuen & Co Ltd: London. 1930.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Classic sf novel. ''First published in 1930'' on copyright page. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-xi [xii] 1-355 [356: printer's imprint] + 8-page publisher's catalogue dated ''930'' at bottom of page 8 inserted at rear, original dark blue cloth, front panel stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold.

''LAST AND FIRST MEN and Star Maker soar far beyond the accepted limits of science fiction. Stapledon is the great classical example, the cold pitch of perfection as he turns scientific concepts into vast ontological epic prose poems, the ultimate SF writer'' (Brian W. Aldiss/Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction, p. 198) ***click on the author to see an additional scan of the book itself (without the dustjacket)***


Page edges browning, a VG+ copy (+ mint facsimile dustjacket).

Price: 125.00 GBP
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Last Men In London: A Story Of The Near And Far Future (+ mint facsimile dustjacket)., Stapledon,  Olaf
5 Stapledon, OlafLast Men In London: A Story Of The Near And Far Future (+ mint facsimile dustjacket). 34704
Methuen & Co Ltd: London. 1932.
First edition (& first printing).
Hardcover.
Classic sf novel. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-viii 1-312 + 8-page publisher's catalogue dated ''932'' at bottom of page 8 inserted at rear, original blue cloth, front panel ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, fore and bottom edges untrimmed.

Page edges browning, a VG copy (+ mint facsimile dustjacket).

Price: 50.00 GBP
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Odd John: A Story Between Jest And Earnest (+ mint facsimile dj)., Stapledon,  Olaf
6 Stapledon, OlafOdd John: A Story Between Jest And Earnest (+ mint facsimile dj). 37422
Methuen & Co Ltd: London. 1935.
First edition (& 2nd binding state).
Hardcover.
Classic sf novel. ''First published in 1935'' on the copyright page: blue cloth spine lettered in dark blue: eight-page publisher's catalogue inserted at rear, with date ''835'' (ie. August 1935) at bottom of the last page, and lists Odd John on the first page. This is the second hardcover binding state (the first state is identical, but has date ''535'' (May 1935) on page eight of the catalogue, with no mention of Odd John) - see L. W. Currey: SF & Fantasy Authors: A Bibliography Of First Printings Of Their Fiction, page 467.

''In Odd John: A Story Between Jest and Earnest (1935) the individual Superman appears, although his attributes are spiritual and intellectual, quite divorced from the supermen of the comics and pulp magazines. John recapitulates in his own evolution some of the characteristics of the Second, Third and Fifth Men. After founding an Island community purged of normal humans, and creating a Utopia there, he and his fellow ''supernormals'', who comprise an early version of the Pariah Elite, finally achieve something akin to the wisdom of the Eighteenth Men; a spiritual gain which costs them their lives: when normal humans threaten to destroy their island - understandably, given the proto-Nazi experiments in eugenics, committed upon normals, that deface any ''supernormal'' claim to have achieved a higher state - they destroy themselves rather than fight back'' (Mike Ashley & John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition). ***click on the author to see an additional scan of the book itself (without the dustjacket)***


Spine a little dulled, a VG copy (+ mint facsimile dustjacket).

Price: 75.00 GBP
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The Flames: A Fantasy., Stapledon,  Olaf
7 Stapledon, OlafThe Flames: A Fantasy. 12388
Secker & Warburg: London. 1947.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
SF novel (though at 84 pages, more a novella).

''of Stapledon's remaining fiction, Old Man in New World (1944) advocates the dismissal of Religion as the opium of the people; cosmic history is again sketched in Death into Life (1946); perhaps THE FLAMES (1947) deserves most attention. The ''flames'' are members of an alien race, originally natives of the Sun, who can be released when igneous rock is heated; they have affinities with the ''supernormals'' who occur on Stapledon's other worlds'' (Mike Ashley & John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).


Fine copy in a VG+ dustjacket with one closed 2cm tear and fading to the spine panel (from orange to yellow, not affecting black lettering).

Price: 25.00 GBP
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The Opening Of The Eyes., Stapledon,  Olaf
8 Stapledon, OlafThe Opening Of The Eyes. 14788
Methuen: London. 1954.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Slim posthumously published book of unfinished essays and other pieces: preface by E. V. Rieu.

Almost fine copy in a good dustjacket with one thumb-nail-sized chip along the top rear edge, with some ink annotations and underlining throughout the text.

Price: 25.00 GBP
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