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Leo & Diane Dillon
Science Fiction Book Club 1967? hardcover - second printing. (matches the Doubleday hardcover, but is the usual (smaller) SFBC size; second printing has code 47 K on page 539, and SFBC number 1179 at bottom of back flap.) Cover and 33 illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon, 544 pages. Condition is near-Fine in a near-Fine dustjacket: tight and square with the usual light bumping to spine ends; age tanning is very mild and uniform; with just a little dust on top page edges (not too surprising for 42 years old.) Unclipped DJ is in good shape with no tears, some wear at ends of spine, and faint rubbing at flap-bends. There is a small tape-repair at top of spine (see DJ scan.) No stamps, marks, or writing - a clean copy.
A nice hardcover copy of one of the most influential anthologies of the Sixties: Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison. 3 of these stories (by Samuel R. Delany, Philip Jose Farmer, Fritz Leiber) took 4 major awards for short fiction that year, and another 3 had award nominations (Philip K. Dick, Larry Niven, Theodore Sturgeon.) The list of contributors is a who's who of SF, and Harlan was able to get what he asked for: taboo-breaking, no-holds-barred stories. He provides long introductions for each story (noboby writes intros like Harlan - irreverent, fascinating, fun to read), and the authors have a short afterword. The woodcut-style illustrations by the Dillons are perfect for the stories - their black and white work is rarely seen (they won "best Artist(s)" Hugo in 1970.)
(2 Forewords by Isaac Asimov)
Dealers who don't know the difference often try to sell SFBC copies as first editions - you won't find one of those for less than $100 (they are larger - 6-1/4" by 9-1/2", have a price on flap, and say "first edition") - it's hard enough to find a nice BCE. You might find a $15 trade paperback reprint new in the stores, but that would not last as long or be as nice as this.
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