Just recently whilst browsing eBay, I came across an intriguing sounding book with a great cover and decided to take a chance bid on it as the auction was due to end in around half an hour. Whilst I waited, I clicked to check out the the seller’s other items and was surprised to see another three golden period SF books which had rather good covers, all of which were scheduled to end at a similar time to the first.
There were a few counter-bids as the end drew near but I eventually won all four auctions paying a good deal less than I otherwise expected to. I was extremely pleased with this little haul but not as much as when a parcel containing the books arrived a few days later from Redruth in Cornwall.
The first book out of the package was a very early Digit publication with a sterling wraparound cover featuring ants attacking a robot. The remaining three volumes are great examples of the ‘digest’ format which is slightly wider than a standard paperback and uses staples to hold the pages in place rather than glue. The two Scion titles also have rear cover advertisements which I have included in the photographs below, one of which appears to be for a prototype e-cigarette! feel free to let me know what you think in the comments.
The Robot Brains by Sydney J. Bounds
This version was published in 1956 by Digit Books
The cover artist is C. Stewart
I Came – I Saw – I Wondered by Volsted Gridban
(Pseudonym for E. C. Tubb and John Russell Fearn)
This version was published in 1954 by Scion Ltd Books
The cover artist is Ron Turner
Across The Ages by Vargo Statten
(Pseudonym for John Russell Fearn and Alistair Paterson)
This version was published in 1952 by Scion Ltd Books
The cover artist is Norman Light
Mission From Mars by Rick Conroy
This version was published in 1952 by Panther Books
The cover artist is John Pollack