Nelson Bond was a pioneer in early science fiction and fantasy, publishing short stories in the 1930s and 40s. "Mr. Mergenthwirker's Lobblies" was adapted to radio at least six times and also ran as a 1938 radio series. Further presented on television on the Philco Television Playhouse in 1949 and Kraft Television Theater in 1953. This well-known story and 12 others comprise this collection. Book is in very good condition but the black cover (with rubbed gilt lettering on the spine) shows wear and rubbing to the corners and spine. The corners and spine are also bumped. The owner has made pencil checks on the contents page and a small ink notation on the back endpaper. Owner's rubber stamp of name and Milwaukee address on the front endpaper plus the author's inscription: "For Richard Kujoth in the sincere hope this book "mates" with his approval. Nelson Bond". Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Mr. Mergenthwirker's Lobblies and Other ...
Publisher: Coward-McCann, Inc.
Publication Date: 1946
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Description Coward-McCann, Inc. (c.1946), New York, 1946. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Good dj. Illustrated by (dj design) "Windrow"(?) (illustrator). First Edition. [a bit of shelfwear to bottom edge, slight exposure of board at bottom front corner; jacket is edgeworn with various small tears, ragged diagonal tear at top of front panel (with some bleed-through staining from old internal tape-repair), narrow strip torn away at top of rear panel, extending a bit into top of spine]. Collection of 13 fantasy/SF-ish stories, the first book by this prolific pulp-fiction writer who later branched out into radio and television. The title story, about a milquetoasty little man and his invisible compansions, was Bond's first big success; it originally appeared in Scribner's Magazine in 1937 and had been much reprinted and broadcast (in various radio verisions, including a 1938 series), and would soon (as noted in the jacket blurb) find its way onto television as well. (It was staged three times for live TV, in 1946, 1949 and 1953; the first of these broadcasts has been referred to as "the first full-length play presented on network television," although I hesitate to endorse that claim without doing a little more research.) Reportedly, however, Bond was hampered in his attempts to sell it to the movies due to its similarities to the Broadway hit "Harvey" -- even though the original "Lobblies" story predated "Harvey" by a good seven years. Especially amusing (to me, anyway), in light of the fact that later in life Bond quit writing and became an antiquarian bookseller, is the final tale in this volume: entitled "The Bookshop," it's about a mysterious shop that's revealed to the story's writer-protagonist to be "the imperishable library of might-have-been" books -- including his own. Seller Inventory # 22584
Book Description Coward-McCann, NY, 1946. Hardcover. Condition: Acceptable. No Jacket. Inscribed and signed by author on ffep. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 019522
Book Description Coward-McCann, NY, 1946. Hardcover. Condition: F. 1st Edition. First Edition bound in black cloth with gold spine lettering. 8vo size , 243pp. A Fine copy in a Very Good dust jacket. The jacket has two sm all, shallow chips at the head of the spine. Small splits at the spine tips. Rubs to the lower spine tips and rubs/nicks to the corners. Sma ll tear and creasing along the upper edge of the front panel. Mild dus t soiling to the panels. The author's first book. Seller Inventory # 31093
Book Description Coward-McCann Inc., New York, 1946. Hardcover. First Edition. 12mo. 243pp. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, with creative inscription, on the endpaper. NEAR FINE in Very Good dust jacket protected in a removable mylar cover. The book itself shows slight shelf rubbing at the edges, otherwise is Fine/As New. The dust jacket shows some marginal chipping at the corners, a small nick, otherwise is bright, colorful and distinct. As pictured. Seller Inventory # [O]L703
Book Description Coward-McCann, Inc, New York, 1946. hardcover. Condition: very good(-). Dust Jacket Condition: good. 243 pages, 8vo, black cloth (faint white staining on the back cover), dust wrapper (chipped and worn). New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., (1946). A very good(-) copy in a good dust wrapper. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Milton Slater - My first collection of some of my earlier stories - could one say these were the Lobbliest years of my life: Nelson Bond.". Seller Inventory # 264634
Book Description Coward-McCann, New York, 1946. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. First edition in black cloth boards, gilt stamped spine, rough cut end pages. Collection of 13 stories. New York: Coward-McCann (1946), 243 pages. A Fine copy with toned end papers, a neatly affixed bookplate, small bookstore sticker on rear free endpaper. Good jacket is clipped and has some damage to spine ends and corners. Seller Inventory # 173196
Book Description Coward McCann, NY, 1946. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Inscribed and signed by Nelson Bond on ffep. Bond has also signed as Laybeth and Henry (book characters). Edgeworn dj is now protected by a mylar sleeve. Signed By Author. Seller Inventory # 020163
Book Description New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1946, 1946. Octavo. Original black cloth, title to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. A fine copy in the dust jacket with spine ends a little nicked and rubbed. First edition, first printing, in book form. Mr. Mergenthwerker's Lobblies originally appeared in Scribner's Magazine in 1937. Locke, Vol. I, p. 37. Seller Inventory # 110346
Book Description Coward-McCann, Inc. ., New York, 1946. Octavo, cloth. First edition. The author's first book. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-42. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 227. A fine copy in very good dust jacket with some shelf wear at edges and shallow chipping at head and tail of spine panel. (#86305). Seller Inventory # 86305
Book Description Coward-McCann, New York, 1946. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: None. INSCRIBED BY BOND on front fly leaf. This 1st book (?). Covers with light wear. Record # 55552. Seller Inventory # 55552