Close Up: The Robot and the Man

closeupI guess you could say this was my first foray into the unknown with Gnome Press.  I had read Hal Clement previously so I kind of knew what to expect, but all the authors in this collection by Martin Greenberg I wasn’t familiar with – I’d heard of some of them, but never read any of their work.  I’ll talk about the stories in the review post.

The book is in Near Fine condition, both the book and the dust jacket.  If it wasn’t for the odd stain on the book (see pics) then I think this would be Fine.  The dust jacket has wear and some tearing at the spine.  The boards and binding are in excellent condition, it sits nice and square as you can see.  I bought this off Robert at Mind Electric Books on eBay.  He’s a nice guy to deal with, I have gotten several books off him and I have never been disappointed.  You get exactly what he describes, all in Brodart jacket covers too. Nice.

I have to mention Ric Binkley.  He did quite a few covers for Gnome Press and many other publishers besides.  Some might think his art is a bit garish or awkward or something, but I love it.  For me, he has a special charm and I think his style fits the vintage of the stories very well.  He did the cover for this book of course, also Iceworld and the next book up, The Mixed Men.  Lets have a look at The Robot and the Man.

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robotman11 You can make out the staining on the front free endpaper, a little on the pastedown too.

Year: 1953
Paid: $45
Art: Ric Binkley
Quantity: 5000 copies
Binding: Tan boards with silver writing on brown cloth shelf back, no writing or design on the front board.
GP Edition Notes: 1st edition so stated on copyright page.
Comments: Good shape.  The book itself would be fine if not for some staining on the free endpapers
Expand Upon: wikipedia.com, Internet Speculative Fiction Database

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