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Sunday, April 15, 2012

John Wyndham: Cover Gallery

John Wyndham was the star of the very first cover gallery here on Bear Alley when I posted a collection of Penguin covers back in November 2006; I've returned to him a couple of times since but this is the first consolidated cover gallery featuring all the previous scans plus a few new ones.

I have a soft spot for Wyndham. Not only for his novels but because when I went freelance back in the autumn of 1990, the first article I sold was a piece on Wyndham to the Book and Magazine Collector (it appeared in the March 1991 issue). It proved to be one of the few pieces I wrote that earned me any money — I had plenty of pieces published (in the A.C.E. Newsletter, Eagle Times, C.A.D.S., Books Are Everything, Locus, Paperback Parade, Paperback & Pulp Collector, Don Lawrence Collection, Pandarve, Comic Journal, Classic Collector) plus a bunch of small press publications (The Mike Western Story, Thriller Picture Library index, The 1st Paperback & Pulp Bookfair Souvenir Booklet). I was pinning my hopes on The Trials of Hank Janson, which should have earned a few hundred dollars (this was the chapbook version, published in the USA) but which actually earned a few tens of dollars, minus the £15 my bank charged to turn it into sterling); in fact, my earnings during those 15 or so months amounted to only a few hundred pounds. Things looked even bleaker when a change of editor at B&MC meant no more commissions. But what happened then is a story for another day.

I have to thank Ricard Sheaf as he supplied a couple of the scans. A couple of others come from Flickr (but cleaned up somewhat)... the rest are mine... and I'm reminded that I really should cull the pile of Wyndhams so that I only have one copy of each now that I've scanned all the covers. Something else that I need to get around to.

The Curse of the Burdens (as by John B. Harris)
Aldine Mystery Novels 17, Feb 1917, 64pp, 4d. Cover by Wardle. Note: There is some question as to whether this is by John Beynon Harris, there being no direct proof that he wrote it, although Harris's biographer David Ketterer has said that it shares some stylistic similarities to Harris.

Foul Play Suspected (as by John Beynon; London, George Newnes, 1935)
(no UK paperback)

The Secret People (as by John Beynon; London, George Newnes, 1935; as by John Beynon Harris, New York, Lancer, 1964; as by John Wyndham writing as John Beynon, London, Coronet, 1972; as by John Wyndham, London, New English Library, 1987)
Coronet 0340-15834-4, 1972, 192pp. Cover by Chris Foss
----, 1977, 192pp. Cover by Colin Hay
New English Library 0450-42014-0, 1987, 192pp.



Planet Plane (as by John Beynon; London, George Newnes, 1936; abridged as Stowaway to Mars, London, Nova, 1953;  as Stowaway to Mars by John Wyndham writing as John Beynon, London, Coronet, 1972; Greenwich, CT, Fawcett, 1972)
Nova SF1, 1953. Cover by Gordon Hutchings
Coronet 0340-15835-2, 1972, 188pp, 30p. Cover by Chris Foss
---- [3rd imp.] 1972. Cover by Chris Foss
---- [7th imp.] 1977. Cover by Colin Hay
New English Library 0450-42024-8, 1987, 188pp. Cover by Peter Elson

 
 
 
The Day of the Triffids (London, Joseph, 1951; New York, Doubleday, 1951)
Penguin Books 993, 1954, 272pp, 2/-. Cover by John Griffiths?
---- [2nd imp.] 1956
---- [3rd imp.] 1958
---- [4th imp.] 1959
---- [5th imp.] 1960, 272pp, 2/6. Cover by John Griffiths?
---- [6th imp.] 1961, 272pp, 2/6. Cover by John Griffiths?
---- [7th imp.] 1962, 272pp, 3/6. Cover by John Griffiths
---- [8th imp.] 1963
---- [9th imp.] 1963, 272pp, 3/6. (same as 7th)
---- [10th imp.] 1964
---- [11th imp.] 1965
---- [12th imp.] 1966
---- [13th imp.] 1968
---- [14th imp.] 1969
---- [15th imp.] 1969
---- [16th imp.] 1970
---- [17th imp.] 1970
---- [18th imp.] 1971
---- [19th imp.] 1972
---- [20th imp.] 1972
---- [21st imp.] 1973
---- [22nd imp.] 1974
---- [23rd imp.] 1974
---- [24th imp.] 1975
---- [25th imp.] 1975
---- [26th imp.] 1976
---- [27th imp.] 1977
---- [28th imp.] 1979. Cover by Peter Lord
---- [29th imp.] 1979
---- [30th imp.] 1980, 272pp, 95p. Cover by Peter Lord
Penguin Books 0140-28553-9, 1999?, 272pp.
Penguin Books 0141-18541-4, 2000, xvii+233pp. [introduction by Barry Langford]
Gollancz [SF Masterworks 10] 0575-07338-1, 2001, 272pp
Viking 0141-03300-2, 2008, 272pp.

 
 
The Kraken Wakes (London, Joseph, 1953; as Out of the Depths, New York, Ballantine, 1953)
Penguin Books 1075, 1955
---- [2nd imp.] 1956, 240pp, 2/6. Cover: design (orange)
---- [3rd imp.] 1958
---- [4th imp.] 1960
---- [5th imp.] 1962
---- [6th imp.] 1963
---- [7th imp.] 1964, 240pp, 2/6. Cover by Denis Piper
---- [8th imp.] 1966
---- [9th imp.] 1968
Penguin Books 0140-01075-0 [10th imp.] 1969
---- [11th imp.] 1970
---- [12th imp.] 1970
---- [13th imp.] 1972
---- [14th imp.] 1973
---- [15th imp.] 1974
---- [16th imp.] 1974
---- [17th imp.] 1975
---- [18th imp.] 1976
---- [19th imp.] 1977
---- [20th imp.] 1979, 240pp, 95p. Cover by Peter Lord
Viking 0141-03299-5, 2008, 240pp.

 
The Chrysalids (London, Joseph, 1955; as Re-Birth, New York, Ballantine, 1955)
Penguin Books 1308, 1958, 200pp, 2/6. Cover: design (orange)
---- [2nd imp.] 1959 (as 1st)
---- [3rd imp.] 1961 (as 1st with different rear cover)
---- [4th imp.] 1961 (as 3rd with different rear cover; no 'complete & unabridged' on fc)
---- [5th imp.] 1962
---- [6th imp.] 1964
---- [7th imp.] 1965
---- [8th imp.] 1967
---- [9th imp.] 1968
Penguin Books 1400-01308-3 [10th imp.] 1969
---- [11th imp.] 1969, 200pp, 4/-. Cover by Harry Willock
---- [12th imp.] 1970
---- [13th imp.] 1970
---- [14th imp.] 1971
---- [15th imp.] 1972
---- [16th imp.] 1972
---- [17th imp.] 1973
---- [18th imp.] 1974
---- [19th imp.] 1974
---- [20th imp.] 1975
---- [21st imp.] 1976
---- [22nd imp.] 1977
---- [23rd imp.] 1977
---- [24th imp.] 1978
---- [25th imp.] 1979, 200pp. Cover by Peter Lord
---- [26th imp.] 1980, 200pp, 90p. Cover by Peter Lord
Penguin Books 0141-18147-8 [xth imp.] 2000, xi+186pp. [introduction by M. John Harrison]
Viking 0141-03297-9, 2008, 200pp.
Penguin Books 978-0241-95004-3, 2010, x+203pp.

 
The Midwich Cuckoos (London, Joseph, 1957; New York, Ballantine, 1958)
Penguin Books 1440, 1960, 220pp, 2/6. Cover: still. Movie tie-in.
---- [2nd imp.] 1960
---- [3rd imp.] 1960 (as 1st)
---- [xth imp.] 3/6.
Penguin Books 0140-01440-3 [xth imp.] 1979, 220pp. Cover by Peter Lord
Penguin Books, 2000. Cover (blue)
Viking 0141-03301-0, 2008, 220pp.

The Outward Urge, with Lucas Parkes (London, Joseph, 1959; New York, Ballantine, 1959)
Penguin Books 1544, 1962. Cover by John Griffiths
---- [2nd imp.] 1964
---- [3rd imp.] 1967, 187pp, 3/6. Cover: photo
Penguin Books 0140-01544-2 [xth imp.] 1980

Trouble with Lichen (London, Joseph, 1960; New York, Ballantine, 1960)
Penguin Books 1986, 1963
---- [2nd imp.] 1964
---- [3rd imp.] 1965, 204pp, 3/6. Cover by John Griffiths
Penguin Books 0140-01986-3 [4th imp.] 1969, 204pp.
---- [5th imp.] 1970
---- [6th imp.] 1971
---- [7th imp.] 1971
---- [8th imp.] 1972
---- [9th imp.] 1973
---- [10th imp.] 1974
---- [11th imp.] 1975
---- [12th imp.] 1976
---- [13th imp.] 1977
---- [14th imp.] 1979, 204pp. Cover by Peter Lord
---- [15th imp.] 1980, 204pp, 95p. Cover by Peter Lord
Viking 0141-03298-7, 2008, 204pp

Chocky (London, Joseph, 1968; New York, Ballantine, 1968)
Penguin Books 0140-03121-9, 1970, 153pp. Cover by Harry Willcock
---- [2nd imp.] 1971
---- [3rd imp.] 1972
---- [4th imp.] 1973
---- [5th imp.] 1974
---- [6th imp.] 1975
---- [7th imp.] 1976
---- [8th imp.] 1977
---- [9th imp.] 1979
---- [10th imp.] 1980, 153pp, 85p. Cover by Peter Lord
Puffin Books 0140-31913-1, 1984, 153pp.
Penguin Books 0141-19149-X, 2010, vi+153pp. [introduction by Brian Aldiss]

Web (London, Joseph, 1979)
Penguin Books 0140-05338-7, 1980, 141pp.Cover by Peter Lord

Plan for Chaos (Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2009)
Penguin Books 0141-04877-8, 2010, xi+234pp. [introduction by Christopher Priest]

COLLECTIONS

Love in Time (as by Johnson Harris)
Utopian Publications, Jan 1946, 36pp, 1/-. Cover: photo

Jizzle (London, Dobson, 1954)
Four Square Books 730, 1962, 191pp, 2/6. Cover by unknown
Four Square Books 1308
---- [?3rd imp.] Sep 1967, 3/6.
New English Library 2250-1, Nov 1974, 40p.
New English Library 0450-03745-2, 1978 (Jun 1979), 191pp, 80p. Cover by E. M. Cliften-Dey

 
The Seeds of Time (London, Joseph, 1956)
Penguin Books 1385, 1959
---- [2nd imp.] 1960
---- [3rd imp.] 1961, 222pp, 2/6. Cover: design (orange)
Penguin Books 0140-01385-7 [xth imp.] 1981, 222pp.

Tales of Gooseflesh and Laughter (New York, Ballantine, 1956)
(no UK paperback)

 
Consider Her Ways and others (London, Joseph, 1961)
Penguin Books 2231, 1965, 189pp, 3/6. Cover by Herbert Spencer
Penguin Books 2231, 1968, 189pp, 4/-. Cover by Harry Wilcock

The Infinite Moment (New York, Ballantine, 1961)
(no UK paperback)

Wanderers of Time (as by John Wyndham writing as John Beynon Harris; London, Coronet, 1973)
Coronet 0340-17306-8, 1973. Cover by Chris Foss
----, 1977. Cover by Colin Hay
New English Library 0450-42015-9, 1987.


Sleepers of Mars (as by John Wyndham writing as John Beynon Harris; London, Coronet, 1973)
Coronet 0340-17326-2, 1973, 155pp, 30p. Cover by Chris Foss
Coronet, 1977. Cover by Colin Hay?
New English Library 0450-42023-X, 1987.

The Best of John Wyndham, edited by Angus Wells (London, Sphere, 1973; reprinted in 2 vols., see below)
Sphere 07221-9369-6, 1973

The Best of John Wyndham 1932-1949, edited by Angus Wells (London, Sphere, 1975)
Sphere 07221-9373-4, Oct 1975, 170pp, 55p.
----, Feb 1977.

The Best of John Wyndham 1951-1960, edited by Angus Wells (London, Sphere, 1977)
Sphere 07221-9374-2, Feb 1977

Exiles on Asperus (as by John Wyndham writing as John Beynon Harris; London, Coronet, 1979)
Coronet 0340-24046-6, 1979. Cover by Colin Hay?

No Place Like Earth (Seattle, Darkside Press, 2003)
(no UK paperback)

1 comment:

Mike W said...

Most impressive collection - a few bring back happy memories of when he was a favourite author.