EARLY DEL REY. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1975. Large octavo, boards. First edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by del Rey to fellow editor David G. Hartwell: "For Dave Hartwell / One of the good guys in / our select world -- with / admiration and affection. / Lester del Rey." A collection of twenty-four previously uncollected short stories with autobiographical notes and appendix. A useful collection of early stories by a major Golden Age writer "with connecting autobiographical narrative that throws light on much in SF of the period, especially in wartime ... Many of the stories contain unabashed sentimentalism, a not unattractive element in the period's SF." - Paul A. Carter. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-306. A fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with 28 mm closed tear at bottom edge of rear panel. This book is uncommon signed or inscribed by del Rey. A fine association copy. (#157406).
First edition so stated on copyright page.