THE WEAPON MAKERS. Providence, R. I. Hadley Publishing Co., [1947]. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Presentation copy with signed inscription by van Vogt to Samuel A. Peeples on the front free endpaper: For Sam Peeples / With my sincerest / good wishes to a big / man with a big / talent -- good luck / A. E. van Vogt." 1000 copies printed. The author's second and scarcest book. Samuel A. Peeples (1917-1997) was a very successful Hollywood script writer whose TV credits included scripts for Star Trek, Wanted Dead or Alive, Bonanza, Overland Trail, and many other western series. In the 1960s he created TV series The Tall Man, Custer, and Lancer. Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-385. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. In 333. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with tiny nick and several rubs along front flap fold and just a touch of the almost inevitable fading of orange ink on the spine panel. An excellent copy of a scarce book and a nice association copy. (#162350).

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