BALLARD (J.G.) An extensive collection of first edition novels, science fiction and pulp magazines, periodicals (and 2 autograph letters signed) by, with contributions from or edited by Ballard, of which SEVENTY-NINE SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, [c.1960-1980] (approximately 145 items)
Lot 188
BALLARD (J.G.)
An extensive collection of first edition novels, science fiction and pulp magazines, periodicals (and 2 autograph letters signed) by, with contributions from or edited by Ballard, of which SEVENTY-NINE SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, [c.1960-1980] (approximately 145 items)
Sold for £ 6,875 (US$ 9,659) inc. premium

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BALLARD (J.G.)
An extensive collection of first edition novels, science fiction and pulp magazines, periodicals (and 2 autograph letters signed) by, with contributions from or edited by Ballard, of which SEVENTY-NINE SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, publisher's cloth (with pictorial dust-jackets where required) or wrappers, various sizes, [c.1960-1980] (approximately 145 items)

Footnotes

  • "IT'S WAY ABOVE MY HEAD - I HAD ONLY THE HAZIEST IDEA WHAT WAS GOING ON" (Ballard, in a letter to the vendor Jake Tilson, 1978). An extensive collection, "rather obsessively tracked down" over many years.

    First editions, all signed, include: The Crystal World (1966), The Disaster Area (1967), The Atrocity Exhibition (1970, 2 copies, one a PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED "Dear Joe and Jos [Tilson], sorry it's taken so long, but here at last is your visa for tomorrow, lots of love, Jim"); Vermilion Sands (1973); Crash (1973); Concrete Island (1974); High Rise (1975); Low Flying Aircraft (1976); Unlimited Dream Company (1979, including book signing flyer from Forbidden Planet bookshop); Hello America (1981, including book signing flyer from Forbidden Planet bookshop); The Day of Creation (1987), Running Wild (1988); War Fever (1990, signed "for Jake"); and others, including some US firsts signed.

    Periodicals, pulp and science fiction include: Bananas (issue 1-16, 1975-1979, of which Ballard associate editor, 7 signed); Ambit (5 issues, 5 signed); New Worlds (16 issues, 1956-1963, all signed); Science Fantasy (3 issues, 1960-1961, all signed), Amazing Stories (6 issues, 1962-1963, all signed); signed issues of Fantastic Stories, Argosy, and Spectrum. Pan Anthology.

    Other material includes: 2 autograph letters signed (both October 1978, one with envelope), discussing Tilson's thesis; Richard Prince, Spiritual America (including interview with Ballard), 1989; Terminal Beach (1977) in a unique "cover by Jake Tilson - xerox collage 1979-78".

    Provenance: Jake Tilson, artist and vendor. Some were purchased on publication directly from the Jonathan Cape trade counter at Bow Street, or at sci-fi mecca Forbidden Planet, Charing Cross. Others, back issues and paperbacks, were "rather obsessively tracked down" in a pre-internet age, and then signed by the author at "meet and greet" events held during the 1970s and '80s. A few items were given to Jake by his father, the Pop artist Joe Tilson, who knew Ballard through their shared involvement with the Institute for Research in Art and Technology, and collaboration on "The Atrocity Exhibition" in 1970. The reading of Ballard's novels and essays, the collection itself, and the building of the collection exerted a sustained influence on the vendor's artistic output, beginning with his 1978 Chelsea College of Art thesis on Ballard (who wrote encouragingly "I'm sure it will be a great success").
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