POEMS. Four Volumes. Comprising A SONG OF THE NAKED LANDS; THE GOLD AND THE GREY; ALTARS AND JESTERS. AN OPIUM DREAM; & UP, JOHN KANE! & OTHER POEMS.
Price: $225.00 USD
Place Published: [Glendale, California]
Publisher: Roy A. Squires
Date Published: 1973-77
Edition: First Editions, First Printings
Binding: Original Wraps
Book Id: 310002
First Editions. Four Volumes. Octavo, original printed wrappers, sewn at spine. Hand-printed with hand-set type on Chroma paper, sewn into in cover of Mi-Tientes paper in variant hues. Printed in two colours throughout in editions varying from 218 to 353. Fine copies, each in the original printed envelope; the envelopes being a bit torn or browned. A note on the envelopes: Roy Squires intended these printed envelopes to be a form of inventory control. He once stated: "They are not meant as official parts of the publication, and if my intent carries any weight they will never be mentioned in any bibliography. I'd prefer that they be discarded on receipt."
¶ Roy Squires (b. 1920, d. 1988) was a major and influential Science Fiction and Fantasy collector, fan, book dealer and small press publisher. In his time, he published 38 books - mostly fine letterpress chapbooks - by many important writers in the field of Fantasy Fiction, including works by H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, Ray Bradbury. Fritz Leiber and others. He was one of Ray Bradbury's earliest friends when Bradbury moved to California, and it was Squires who took Ray to his first Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society meeting at Clifton Cafeteria. Squires was the literary executor for the estate of Clark Ashton Smith, and he issued major catalogues of rare books, manuscripts and autograph material by many writers in the genre. He was awarded the World Fantasy Award for nonprofessional publishing and editing (in 1974 and 1975). His finely-made limited editions inspired numerous others to start up small presses for publishing Science Fiction and Fantasy in finely-printed, signed and limited editions. Presses which came into existence through the inspiration of Squires' works include Cheap Street Press, Pegana Press, Axolotl Press, Fantome Press, Unnameable Press, Folly Press, and likely many others.