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Sale 2508 Lot 145
GERNSBACK, HUGO. Ralph 124C 41+. A Romance of the Year 2660. Illustrated with 11 plates by Frank R. Paul. 8vo, publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles, joints darkened from binding blue as usual, few insignificant smudges, faint rubbing to joints and spine tips; dust jacket, spine panel with vertical crease and 10mm triangular chip to foot not touching letters, two lower corner nicks; ownership stamp to front pastedown, pp. 257-258 loose, light foxing to preliminaries, else generally quite clean. Boston: The Stratford Company, 1925
Estimate $7,000 - 10,000
first edition, signed, in unrestored jacket of one of the foundational texts in the science-fiction pantheon. The inscription "Sincerely yours" above the author's signature possibly accomplished in second, unknown hand (as seen in other copies). Gernsback originally serialized this work in his Modern Electrics magazine, and also founded the pioneering journal Amazing Stories. The annual Hugo Awards, named in his honor, continue to highlight his contributions to the formation of science-fiction as a viable literary genre. Currey's binding state A, with "Stratford" at base of spine measuring 1.5 cm (no priority). Scarce. Last copy in jacket at auction sold in these rooms (Swann, 21 June 2012, lot 157). Currey, p. 198.Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $9,375