Close Up: Reprieve From Paradise

closeupH. Chandler Elliott
1955

It’s about time I got another proper Close Up on the site.  It’s been eight and a half months since the last which was Science Fiction Terror Tales.  The photos for this book have been kicking around over at my Gnome Press Flickr site since mid-November along with a couple of other titles too.  Not happy with the quality as the background is far from white, but we can see the book itself well enough and at this stage, beggars can’t be choosers…

Back to the issue at hand.  The condition overall is very nice.  Nice cover, quite clean though you can see some slight browning around the cover.  This is accentuated by the lighting I’ve got here, it’s not as noticeable in actual fact.

Nice overall and a good first impression.

As expected, the cloth is nice with the dust jacket removed.  Very clean, no issues at all.  Well, some slight bruising at the head and tail, but not affecting the condition of the book.

With a closer look at these points, we can see the excellent condition of the jacket and the binding.

Some slight browning of the block and we get a glimpse of an unusual feature of this particular copy.  Let’s pull back a little.

Very nice, a hint of a roll at the top of the spine.  Can’t quite see that ususual feature here so let’s get closer again.

See it now?

This copy was evidently bound with two different grades of paper.  The majority of the block has discolored more rapidly than the first signature there.

The back looks slightly discolored, but as for the front, it’s emphasized by the lighting here.

And there we have it.  The first Close Up for a long time.  Let’s hope I can get a few more up soon. Lighting continues to be an issue, but we’ll soldier on…

Year: 1955
Paid: $38
Art: Mel Hunter
Copies: 4000 (Eshbach, wikipedia)
Binding: Green cloth with deep red lettering on the spine.
GP Edition Notes: 1st edition so stated
Chalker & Owings: REPRIEVE FROM PARADISE, by H. Chandler Elliott, 1955, pp.256, $3.00. 4000 copies printed. Jacket by Mel Hunter.
Currey: absent
Comments: In a nice solid condition.  Interesting tidbit with the two grades of paper used in binding this copy.
Expand Upon: wikipedia.com, Internet Speculative Fiction Database

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