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First Best from F&$F

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  • Started 4 months ago by Chris DeVito
  • Latest reply from Ron

  1. Chris DeVito
    Member

    The first two volumes of the "Best from F&SF" series seem to be quite rare, and expensive. Here's someone asking for $500 for the first one! Why are these so rare? And why were there no paperback editions of the first two volumes?

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Best-From-FANTASY-AND-SCIENCE-FICTION-1st-Series-1st-EDITION-HB-w-COVER/290999684200?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

    Posted 4 months ago #
  2. CarlGlover
    Member

    I've noticed a common practice on eBay is to list certain items that have a large element of subjective valuation (like rare books) for an outrageous price in the hope that an enthusiastic but ill-informed buyer might offer a fraction of the price but still much more than the book might be objectively worth. Here, the seller might be hoping to get, say, $100 or $200 and laugh all the way to the bank.

    I have a complete collection of the Williamson collected stories pub. by Haffner and I see that some of them are listed for upwards of $250-$300 each. If I thought I could get that for them I'd list them today. But, very likely, they'd go for maybe $40-$50 tops.

    Anyway, good question, Chris. It'll be interesting to see what the F&SF volume sells for, if it sells at all.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  3. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    I'm pretty sure there were paperbacks of the books that were published by Ace.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  4. CarlGlover
    Member

    According to the Ace Books listing in the Tuck encyclopedia (which is probably authoritative), the third series volume is the first published by Ace, #D-422. There is no entry for vols. 1 and 2 from any paperback publisher.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  5. Chris DeVito
    Member

    According to isfdb ... The first two Best from F&SFs were published by Little, Brown in hardcover, but never appeared in paperback. The series then switched to Doubleday with the usual book club and paperback editions that are very easy to find. The first two, though, seem to be quite rare. They're nice-looking books.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  6. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Thank you for correcting my error.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  7. Chris DeVito
    Member

    By the way, I offered the seller $25.55 for that first Best from F&SF (yeah, I'm an obnoxious prick). The seller counteroffered with $300.00 -- maybe he thought I'd meant $255. Regrettably, I had to decline the offer...

    Posted 3 months ago #
  8. Ron
    Member

    A couple of libraries have The best from Fantasy and science fiction. [First series]

    https://www.worldcat.org/title/best-from-fantasy-and-science-fiction-first-series/oclc/7517302&referer=brief_results

    Posted 3 months ago #

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