Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 1992. David Deitrick. Collector's First Edition of The Masterpieces of Science Fiction thus illustrated. Full Leather with 22k gold-stamping. 8vo (7 3/4" x 5 3/4" x 1"); full black leather with spine accented with 22k gold decorations and title plus three raised hubs, and covers with designs of a gold gyroscope atop a planet surrounded by daggers; Introduction by George Zebrowski; Illustrated by Kent Bash with color frontispiece; decorated endpapers with repeating Easton Press design; all edges 22k gold foil [a.e.g.]; plus a white ribbon page-divider; (printed on archival paper plus smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints); xi, [xii] - 212 pages. Inlaid: "Collector's Notes" on Blood Music [2pp.]. Like New. Item #9090
Charles Leonard Harness (1915 – 2005) was an American science fiction writer.
His first novel was his most famous, Flight into Yesterday. It was first published as a novella in the May 1949 issue of Startling Stories (pp. 9–79), was expanded as a full-length novel (Bouregy & Curl, 1953), and was wisely renamed Paradox Men by Donald Wollheim for reprint as the first half of Ace Double #D-118 in 1955.
This "science-fiction classic" is both "a tale dominated by space-opera extravagances" where space-time whirls and force fields interpose semi-protectively; as well as "a severely articulate narrative analysis of the implications of Arnold J. Toynbee's A Study of History," Brian Aldiss noted its "Widescreen baroque" style.
Illustrator Kent Bash (born 1946) is well known for his dynamic artwork created for many covers of major Sci-Fi mags such as Amazing Stories & The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction; as well as frontispieces and interior art for many Sci-Fi, fantasy and related books.
EXCEPTIONAL "LIKE NEW" COPY: Very tight, bright, clean with brilliant color plates, unfoxed, and without any marks by previous owners. Includes "Collector's Notes."