Reading, Pennsylvania: Fantasy Press, 1947. First Edition. Thin octavo, 96 pages, VG-/VG; blue DJ, white lettering: mild overall wear to DJ, "$2.00" to front flap, DJ protected by mylar; red cloth boards, gold lettering to spine: mild overall wear to boards, light soiling to edges of boards, bumping to tail; mild age-toning/soiling to endpapers, signature by previous owner in pencil to ffep; interior clean, white gloss leaves, text somewhat faded yet clear and legible; "First Edition" stated to copyright page; shelved Front Counter.
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Lloyd Arthur Eshbach (1910-2003) was a science fiction fan, publisher, and writer who started Fantasy Press in his hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania in 1946. Fantasy Press published 46 titles in total, typically in small print runs averaging 3,750 copies. This volume was the first work on science fiction writing from a professional point of view; contributors include Robert A. Heinlein, John Taine, Jack Williamson, A. E. van Vogt, L. Sprague de Camp, Edward E. Smith, and John W. Campbell, Jr.