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  • Publication: The Best of Science FictionPublication Record # 4111
  • Editor: Groff Conklin
  • Date: 1946-02-11
  • Publisher: Crown Publishers
  • Price:
    $3.00?$: US dollar
  • Pages: xxvii+785
  • Format:
    hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
  • Cover: The Best of Science Fiction by Robert Josephy
  • Notes:
    • This listing is for the 1st printing. See below for points differentiating 1st and 2nd printing.
    • Catalog of Copyright entry A00000001024 and Cole checklist of SF anthologies give publication date of February 11, 1946 for the 1st printing.
    • On copyright page: "Copyright, 1946, by Crown Publishers" and "Designed by Robert Josephy". No statement of edition or printing.
    • $3.00 price on front flap of dust jacket. Tuck incorrectly lists $3.50 price of later printings.
    • There are six parts to the book:
      • PART ONE THE ATOM ("Solution Unsatisfactory" to "Atomic Power")
      • PART TWO THE WONDERS OF EARTH ("Killdozer!" to "Liquid Life")
      • PART THREE THE SUPERSCIENCE OF MAN("A Tale of the Ragged Mountains" to "A Scientist Divides")
      • PART FOUR DANGEROUS INVENTIONS ("Tricky Tonnage" to "The Machine")
      • PART FIVE ADVENTURES IN DIMENSION ("Short-Circuited Probability" to "The Monster From Nowhere")
      • PART SIX FROM OUTER SPACE ("First Contact" to "Jackdaw")
    • No BLIC.
    • The 1st and 2nd printing are differentiated by the following points:   - Author credit for The Monster From Nowhere:
      • 1st printing: as noted by Tuck, "error in first printing credited to D. Wandrei" in Table of Contents and on page 542. As noted by Bud Webster in Anthopology 101 (, "this was because Wandrei had written a story with the same title". The Cole Checklist notes a "second edition" of the 1st printing "carried an errata slip".
      • 2nd printing: correctly credited to Nelson Bond in Table of Contents and on page 542, with an added footnote on page 542 that begins, "Note: By error, Mr. Bond's story was credited to Donald Wandrei in the first edition of this anthology ...".
    • Copyright page:
      • 1st printing: No printer credit.
      • 2nd printing: Printer credit for "American Book Stratford Press".
    • Boards:
      • 1st printing: embossed in silver on front and spine. Verification copy is black cloth.
      • 2nd printing: embossed in gold on spine only. Verification copy is maroon cloth.
    • Book size:
      • both: Book is 6 x 8.5".
      • 1st printing: very thin paper (as during wartime paper rationing) so book is only 1.25" thick.
      • 2nd printing: thicker paper, so book is 1.75" thick.
    • Dust jacket:
      • both: Color-printed portion is identical, 7.25" wide. $3.00 price on front flap.
      • 1st printing: Jacket is 21.5" wide. Blurb on back flap is for Furlough From Heaven (1946). Top 2 (of 6) blurbs on back are for The Collected Stories of Ben Hecht (1945) and A Treasury of American Folklore (1944).
      • 2nd printing: Jacket is 22" wide, with slightly wider back and flaps to fit thicker book. Blurb on back flap is for The Murder of the U.S.A. (1946). Top 2 (of 6) blurbs on back are for A Treasury of American Folklore and 20 Best Stories in Ray Long's 20 Years As An Editor (1932).
  • External IDs:
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Anthology Title: The Best of Science Fiction • anthology by Groff Conklin

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