More Auction Highlights

Jul 6, 2017 by

As mentioned on Wednesday, the Saturday Night Auction returns to PulpFest on July 29. It will begin at 10 PM with the always entertaining John P. Gunnison of Adventure House serving as auctioneer. We’ll have a variety of both pulps, digests, first edition hardcovers, and other collectibles from the estate of Woody Hagadish as well as a variety of pulps from the collection of the late Larry Latham. Today and tomorrow, we’ll be showing more examples from these collections. On Saturday, July 8, we hope to publish a list of our scheduled auction lots. Please note that the list is subject to change.

Below, you’ll find photographs of the first edition hardcovers that PulpFest will be offering this year. These are from the estate of Woody Hagadish. The books were published by Avalon Books, Gnome Press, and Shasta Publishers in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Also featured are a few of the issues of AMRA that are being offered at this year’s auction by one of the convention’s members. They are part of a complete set of the second volume of the award-winning fanzine, numbers 1 – 71. Published by George Scithers and edited by Scithers, Liz Wilson, Dan Adkins, and others, AMRA ran from 1959 through 1982. According to FANCYCLOPEDIA 3, “It was Volume 2 because starting in April 1955 George Heap published a fanzine which was probably a direct predecessor. It had few issues.” AMRA won Best Fanzine Hugos in 1964 and 1967.

If you can’t make it to PulpFest 2017 and would like to bid on any of these highly collectible volumes, please contact PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko by email at

Start making your plans now to attend PulpFest 2017 to see some of the great material that Barry Traylor is assembling for this year’s auction. We hope to see you from Thursday evening, July 27, through Sunday afternoon, July 30, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” You can join PulpFest by clicking the Register for 2017 button on our home page. And if you’re not from the Pittsburgh area, don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. They’re going fast! Please call 1-800-222-8733 and be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

(COSMIC ENGINEERS, written by Clifford D. Simak was published in hardcover by Gnome Press in 1950. The jacket artist was Edd Cartier. It was originally serialized in three parts by John W. Campbell in the February, March, and April 1939 issues of ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION, published by Street & Smith.

Pictured below are some of the first edition hardcovers that we’ll be offering in the PulpFest 2017 Saturday Night Auction.)

THE STARMEN by Leigh Brackett (Gnome Press)

SCIENCE FICTION CARNIVAL, edited by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds (Shasta Publishers)

INVADERS FROM THE INFINITE by John W. Campbell (Gnome Press)

Bertram Chandler (Avalon Books)

THE GLORY THAT WAS by L. Sprague de Camp (Avalon Books)

DAY OF THE GIANTS by Lester del Rey (Avalon Books)

METHUSELAH’S CHILDREN by Robert Heinlein (Gnome Press)

THE DARK PLANET by J. Hunter Holly (Avalon Books)

ENCOUNTER by J. Hunter Holly (Avalon Books)

THE GREEN PLANET by J. Hunter Holly (Avalon Books)

THE CYBERNETIC BRAINS by Raymond F. Jones (Avalon)

THIS ISLAND EARTH by Raymond F. Jones (Shasta Publishers)

THE OUTLAWS OF MARS by Otis A. Kline (Avalon Books)

THE SWORDSMAN OF MARS by Otis A. Kline (Avalon Books)

THE GLASS CAGE by Adam Lukens (Avalon Books)

THE DRUMS OF TAPAJOS by S. P. Meek (Avalon Books)

SF 58, edited by Judith Merrill (Gnome Press)

NORTHWEST OF EARTH by C. L. Moore (Gnome Press)

ARMAGEDDON 2419 A. D. by Philip Francis Nowlan (Avalon)

ALIEN PLANET by Fletcher Pratt (Avalon Books)

THE DAWNING LIGHT by Robert Randall (Gnome Press)

COLLISION COURSE by Robert Silverberg (Avalon Books)

STARMAN’S QUEST by Robert Silverberg (Gnome Press)

COSMIC ENGINEERS by Clifford Simak (Gnome Press)

THE ATOM CONSPIRACY by Jeff Sutton (Avalon Books)

AMRA, Volume 2, Numbers 1 and 2

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