The Menace From Earth, the publisher's file copy of the first edition, signed by the publisher. Robert A. Heinlein.
The Menace From Earth, the publisher's file copy of the first edition, signed by the publisher
The Menace From Earth, the publisher's file copy of the first edition, signed by the publisher
The Menace From Earth, the publisher's file copy of the first edition, signed by the publisher
The Menace From Earth, the publisher's file copy of the first edition, signed by the publisher
The Menace From Earth, the publisher's file copy of the first edition, signed by the publisher
The Menace From Earth, the publisher's file copy of the first edition, signed by the publisher
The Menace From Earth, the publisher's file copy of the first edition, signed by the publisher
The Menace From Earth, the publisher's file copy of the first edition, signed by the publisher
The Menace From Earth, the publisher's file copy of the first edition, signed by the publisher

The Menace From Earth, the publisher's file copy of the first edition, signed by the publisher

Hicksville, New York: Gnome Press, 1959. First edition. This is the publisher’s file copy of the first edition, first printing, a collector-worthy first edition with compelling provenance. The front pastedown is signed by the publisher in three lines: “Gnome Press | File Copy | Martin Greenberg”. Martin L. Greenberg (b.1918) served in the U.S. Army during the Second World War and in 1948, along with David A. Kyle, started the Gnome Press. That same year they published Gnome’s first book, The Carnelian Cube, by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Platt. Eighty-six titles were published by the Gnome Press. Financial pressure and the challenge of competing with larger science fiction publishers led Gnome Press to close in 1962. Nonetheless, “In its first five years, Gnome would publish Robert Heinlein’s Sixth Column, The Sands of Mars and Against the Fall of Night by Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot and the three volumes of the Foundation trilogy, Clifford M. Simak’s award-winner City and his Cosmic Engineers, reprints of Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories, and works by L. Ron Hubbard, Jack Williamson, C. L. Moore, A. E. van Vogt, Leigh Brackett, Henry Kuttner, Hal Clement and half a dozen others. That’s Golden Age science fiction in a nutshell.” (Steve Carper). Gnome Press published Heinlein’s The Menace from Earth in 1959. This is a collection of eight short stories originally written between 1941 and 1957, including one bearing the volume title. As such, the collection is an iconic distillate of Heinlein’s early career and work, which evolved substantively after the 1959 publication of Starship Troopers and the 1961 publication of Stranger in a Strange Land. This publisher’s file copy of the first edition, first printing is near fine in a very good plus dust jacket. The binding remains square, clean, bright, and tight with sharp corners. The contents are clean with a crisp feel and no spotting or previous ownership marks apart from the publisher's inked signature and file copy designation. Even the untrimmed fore edge and top edge are clean. The only flaw that prevents our grading this copy as truly fine is age-toning. The illustrated dust jacket is unfaded, retaining bright red spine print on both the spine and front cover. We note only fractional chipping at the spine head with scattered spotting, most evident to the jacket spine. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Item #003986

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