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Avon Fantasy Reader no 1 (first issue)., AVON FANTASY READER,  (ed. Donald A. Wollheim)

Author Name    AVON FANTASY READER, (ed. Donald A. Wollheim)

Title   Avon Fantasy Reader no 1 (first issue).

Binding   Stapled pictorial wrappers.

Book Condition   Page edges age-darkened, some wrinkling and separation of cover lamination, a bright, VG+ copy.

Edition   First edition (& 1st printing).

Publisher    Avon Book Company: NY. 1947 (February)

Seller ID   39590

First issue. Octavo, single issue, pictorial wrappers. 18 issues published in total, quarterly, 1947 - 1952, edited by Donald A. Wollheim., In Tymn and Ashley (eds), Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction Magazines, pp. 127-132.

''US digest anthology, 18 volumes, quarterly, 1947 - 1952, published by Avon Publishing, New York; ed Donald A. Wollheim. AVON FANTASY READER was the first regular paperback reprint fantasy anthology series, though its digest format has often caused it to be classified as a magazine Wollheim selected primarily from WEIRD TALES, emphasizing the works of H.P. LOVECRAFT and CLARK ASHTON SMITH, and working in tandem with August W. Derleth at ARKHAM HOUSE to promote the best of Weird Tales's authors. Wollheim also reprinted stories from STRANGE TALES, Adventure and Blue Book, selecting fiction otherwise hard to find, but did not confine himself to the pulps, presenting a wide range of fiction from books, especially by UK authors like Algernon Blackwood, Lord Dunsany and William Hope Hodgson. Although AVON FANTASY READER published some sf, most of its content was supernatural fiction, plus some slick fantasy and heroic fantasy. The quality was high throughout'' (Mike Ashley/Encyclopedia of Fantasy).

Price = 12.00 GBP

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