Fritz Leiber:
The Literature of Cosmic Dread


Fritz Leiber: The Literature of Cosmic Dread, holograph manuscript, July, 1975


Fritz Leiber: The Literature of Cosmic Dread, holograph manuscript, July, 1975


Holograph manuscript, signed

Fritz Leiber:

The Literature of Cosmic Dread.

July, 1975.

280 x 216 mm. 38 numbered (recte 42½; i. e. leaf 1 plus 2½ unnumbered leaves; 22 plus 1 inserted leaf; 23A, 23B) leaves. Envelope. Holograph manuscript, pencil on paper, 12-15 lines, incribed on rectos of three hole-punched Asset Synopsis/Stock documents.

Leaves in original envelope with Leiber’s signature and return address.

This 38 (recte 42,5) page original handwritten (penciled) manuscript was published in a 1975 issue of the chapbook “Toadstool Wine. A collection of fantasy and horror from six independent magazines”, edited by W. Paul Ganley.
¶ The manuscript, acquired from “Whispers” editor Stuart Schiff, remains in the manilla envelope that is hand-addressed to Schiff, with Leiber’s signature and return address, postmark dated July 19, 1975.

Envelope worn, small tears; leaves near fine.

Eigenhändiges Manuskript Fritz Leibers in Umschlag, dieser adressiert an seinen Herausgeber Stuart Schiff. Umschlag mit Gebrauchspuren und kleinen Randeinrissen, Manuskript wohlerhalten.

Unikat. Cf. Morgan 16 – Stephensen-Payne/Benson II,F35, for the printed first edition.


Dazu ein kleines Autograph:
Fritz Leiber AutographFritz Leiber: A memo, dated 11-14-77 from Chet Clingan, the editor of “The Diversifier”, and the reply 11-15-77 from Fritz Leiber. 172 x 216 mm. One leaf.
The memo deals with the possibility of a newly discovered object in our solar system being “The Wanderer”, Leiber saying “No” but discussing the possibility of a craft matching orbits with Halley’s Comet in 1986.
Some folding, otherwise good.
Handschriftliches Memo von Chet Clingan an Fritz Leiber mit dessen Antwort. Behandelt die Frage eines zehnten Planeten im Zusammenhang mit dem „Wanderer“. Einseitig beschriftetes Formularblatt. Mittelfalz vom Versand, sonst wohlerhalten.

Und ein schöner Taschenbuchumschlag:
Fritz Leiber: Conjure WifeFritz Leiber: Conjure Wife.
New York: Lion Books Inc., December 1953.
Small octavo. 191, [1] pp.
Illustrated original softcover.
Conjure Wife is easily the most frightening (and necessarily) the most thoroughly convincing of all modern horror stories. Its premise is that witchcraft still flourishes” (from text on the lower cover).
Some rubbing to spine and corners of the covers, and some internal foxing; otherwise good.
Erste Taschenbuchausgabe. llustrierte Original-Broschur. Einband leicht berieben, Innendeckel etwas stockfleckig, sonst gut.
Lion Book #179. Morgan 3,3,b - Stephensen-Payne/Benson B6 - cf. Barron: Horror 3-125 - cf. Tymn: Horror 4-143.

Der Film zu diesem Buch: „Night of the Eagle“, in den USA zu „Burn, Witch, Burn!“ umbenannt, verbleibt in schwarz/weiß. „Made for a very low budjet in the early 1960’s, ‘Night of the Eagle’ is based on the novel ‘Conjure Wife’ by Fritz Leiber and both perfectly capture the overriding paranoia of the era.“ — Studio-Canal-DVD.