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    Astounding Stories Group (Street & Smith, 1937-54) Condition: Average VG. This large lot of 221 copies of Astounding Stories -- many featuring the first published works of such authors as Arthur C. Clarke, Lester del Rey, Nelson Bond, Theodore Sturgeon, A. E. Van Vogt, Robert Heinlein, and others -- includes every issue from 1937 through 1954, with the exception of the September 1938 and July 1954 issues. Besides a veritable "Who's Who" of featured writers, these books spotlight the artistic talents by such notables as Virgil Finlay, Modest Stein, and Kelly Freas.

    More specifically, included are the issues: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December (first issue edited by John W. Campbell) 1937; January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August ("Who Goes There?" by Campbell), October (2 copies), November and December 1938; January, February, March, April, May, June, July ("The Black Destroyer by Van Vogt), August (Virgil Finlay's only cover art for the title), September, October ("Grey Lensman" by E. E. Smith), November, and December 1939; January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September ("Slan" by Van Vogt), October, November, and December 1940; January, February, March, April, May ("Liar!" by Isaac Asimov, first appearance of Three Laws of Robotics), June, July, August, September, October, November ("Second Stage Lensman" by Smith), and December 1941; January (first bedsheet issue), February, March, April, May (first Foundation story by Asimov), June, July, August, September, October, November (only sci-fi pulp cover by Modest Stein), and December 1942; January, February, March, and April 1942; May, June, July, August ("Judgment Night" by C. L. Moore), September, October, November (first digest-format issue), and December 1943; January, February, March, April, May, June ("Arena" by Fredric Brown), July, August, September, October, November ("Killdozer!" by Sturgeon), and December 1944; January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December 1945; January, February, March, April, May, June (2), July, August, September, October, November, and December 1946; January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November (2 copies - "Children of the Lens" by Smith), and December 1947; January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October (2), November, and December 1948; January, February, March, April, May, June (2), July, August, September, October, November, and December 1949; January, February, March, April (2), May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December 1950; January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December 1951; January, February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November, and December 1952; January, February, March, April, May, June ("Imposter" by Philip K. Dick), July, August, September, October (classic robot cover by Frank Kelly Freas), November, and December 1953; and January, February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November, and December 1954 issues.

    The pulps are in overall very nice condition, most with complete spine and covers, little fading, some instances of mild to moderate wear, some instances of water damage to the corners and upper edges, and supple pages ranging from cream to off-white. Approximate Bookery's Guide to Pulps value for group = $3,000.


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