Astro Trader Books
Astro Trader Books
Rare Pulp Fiction and Antiquarian Books
P.O. Box 292102 , Hollywood, CA, 90027, USA
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Astro Trader Books specializes in Antiquarian, Film, First Editions, Horror, Photography, Pulp Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Signed Books.
Astro Trader Books was founded in 2010 selling camera manuals then branched into antiquarian, modern first, science fiction, fantasy, horror genres and pulp fiction. We sell/buy/trade autographed and/or first editions science fiction / fantasy / mystery / horror /spy pulp writers of interest include; Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R. Tolkien, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clark, Robert A. Heinlein, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, Poul Anderson, A.E. Van Vogt, John W. Campbell Jr., Ken Foster Crossen, Walter B. Gibson, Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane, John D. MacDonald, Aldlous Huxley, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Jose Farmer, Harlan Ellison, Michael Moorcock, George R. R. Martin, Andrew J. Offutt, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Silverberg, Andre Norton, Fritz Leiber, Steve Frazee, Robert Colby, Algis Budrys, Ben Bova, Ian Fleming, Leslie Charteris, Larry Niven, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Jack Finney, Erle Stanley Gardner and many more authors.
ACE DOUBLE: THE QUAKING WIDOW / THE DEEP END SIGNED BY ROBERT COLBY
[ROBERT COLBY, DUDLEY DEAN MCGAUGHEY]. ACE DOUBLE: THE QUAKING WIDOW / THE DEEP END. Ace Books, New York, 1956. First Edition. True First Edition Ace # D-195 with the original 35 cents price on the cover. Condition: Near Fine. Appears unread, with micro-chips , creases to extremities typical of pulp fiction paperbacks of this age, pages are clean, bright and binding tight. Overall a about fine copy. Scarce signature on the copyright page of The Quaking Widow by author Robert Colby. This is the first novel by author Robert Colby and considered one of his best. Colby wrote at least 17 novels and numerous short stories including Ace Doubles; In a Vanishing Room, Kill Me a Fortune, Murder Mistress, Gold Medal books; The Captain Must Die, The Deadly Desire, Secret of the Second Door, The Star Trap. Colby was a regular contributor to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine from the 1960s-1980s. Bound with the novel The Deep End by Owen Dudley who also went by the names Dudley Dean and Dean Owen, he was a prolific author who began writing dime novel westerns in the 1930s for pulp magazines; Cowboy Stories, Thrilling Western, Ranch Romances, Action Stories, Complete Western Book and many more pulp magazines of the day. He wrote in several genres including crime noir, detective fiction and adult soft core "sleaze" fiction under the name Dean McCoy, many books were published for Beacon Books including Sexbound and The Friendship Club. Cover art by Harry Barton. As of this writing this is the only known copy of this title signed by author Robert Colby. Classic hardboiled noir pulp fiction, signed collectible. 172 pgs + 148 pgs. 16mo.
KIM (MONARCH BOOKS) SIGNED BY ROBERT COLBY
[ROBERT COLBY]. KIM. Monarch Books, Derby, Connecticut, 1962. First Edition. Monach Books #244 with the original 35 cents price on the front cover. Condition: Near Fine. Appears unread, with micro-chips , rubbing to extremities typical of pulp fiction paperbacks of this age, pages are clean, bright and binding tight. Overall a about fine copy. Scarce signature on the title page by author Robert Colby. This adult erotica book published by the famous Monarch Books publishing house, along with Beacon Books, Midwood Books among many others, published pulp fiction stories in paperback from many world famous authors of the day in the adult fiction genre and today these books are very much sought after, considered highly collectible and even more so if signed. Colby wrote at least 17 novels and numerous short stories including Ace Doubles; In a Vanishing Room, Kill Me a Fortune, Murder Mistress, Gold Medal books; The Captain Must Die, Secret of the Second Door, The Star Trap and many more. Colby was a regular contributor to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine from the 1960s-1980s. Cover art by Harry Schaare. Scarce autograph with GGA (Good Girl Art) and collectible long out of print adult vintage paperback book. 139 pgs. 16mo.
THE MATING CRY (THE HOUSE THAT STOOD STILL) SIGNED & INSCRIBED BY A.E. VAN VOGT
[ALFRED ELTON VAN VOGT]. SIGNED & INSCRIBED. THE MATING CRY. Beacon / Galaxy Science Fiction Novel, New York 1960. First Edition, First printing. First edition with this title and from this publisher. Beacon #298 with the original 35 cents cover price. Condition: Very Good +. Appears unread, creases nears spine, micro-chips to extremities typical of vintage paperbacks of this age, pages are clean and binding tight. Scarce autograph and inscription on the title page by author A.E. Van Vogt. Originally titled "The House That Stood Still" first published in hardcover in 1950 and then published in the pulp magazine, Detective Book Magazine 1952 Winter issue. Beacon was the publisher of adult novels and published many stories from the top fiction writers of the day; Poul Anderson, Philip Jose Farmer, Brian Aldiss, Charles Willeford, Cyril M. Kornbluth & Judith Merril, Sam Merwin, Jr. and many more authors including A.E. Van Vogt. Signatures on Beacon books from any of these authors is scarce and as of this writing today this is the only known copy on the market signed by Vogt. Cover art by Gerald McConnel. Classic adult science pulp fiction with GGA cover art, rare signed collectible. 160 pgs. 16mo.
THE INNOCENT VILLA
[BARNABY CONRAD]. THE INNOCENT VILLA. ASSOCIATION COPY SIGNED & INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. Avon Books, New York, 1953. First Edition, First Printing. First Edition in paperback. Avon #537 with the original 25 cents price on front cover. Condition: Near Fine / Very Good. With micro chips to extremities and mild creases typical of pulp fiction books of this age, otherwise appears unread, pages are bright, clean and binding tight. Colors on cover and type on spine still vibrant and punchy. Conrad Barnaby was a world famous writer, bullfighter, boxer, night club owner, pianist and painter. Signed and inscribed by Barnaby Conrad to L.A. journalist Nick Beck, "For mi amigo Nick, from Barnabé[y]". Signed on the ffep with the last letter of his name written as é instead of y which he seldom did.His very first novel about an American diplomat in love with a gypsy and about the violence and danger of the bull ring. Hewrote the second novel, a classic 1952 book titled "Matador" which John Steinbeck said was the best book written that year. His night club in San Francisco, El Matador, hosted many famous celebrities and he was friends with Ernest Hemingway. He is the only American to battle bulls in all three countries of Spain, Mexico and Peru. Newspaper clipping of provenance included. Beautiful GGA cover art. Classic romantic, adventure pulp and scarce signed collectible. As of this writing today this is the only known signed copy of this paperback by Barnaby Conrad.
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