Item Detail

Item Number 5325
Title A Darker Heritage
Author Cerra, Gerda Ann (Dean Koontz)
Condition NF/NONE
Publisher Lancer (Magnum)
Place Published New York
Date Published 1972
Edition Paperback Original
Binding Paperback; 1st Printing
Notes 1st edition/1st printing. Dean Koontz or his wife writing under her maiden name? No one knows for sure and Mr. Koontz isn't talking, though the copyright showing (on books.Google) from the Library of Congress Copyright Office, Third Series: 1972, Jan.-June shows copyright to Gerda Ann Cerra with Dean Koontz in parens; also shows Lancer Books Gothic Original with the #75294, instead of Magnum. Front cover/spine top of the book say Magnum #75294, front and back covers say 'A Magnum Gothic Original - Never Before Published' as called for, title page says Magnum Books ('easy eye' was just a 30% larger font size used under the names of both Lancer and Magnum), copyright page says copyright to Gerda Ann Cerra with the dedication to 'Dean' and shows Prestige Books as publisher (likely one of the many names Lancer used during their legal problems before finally going broke and out of business in the early 1970s). Their number scheme did not indicate the year published (for instance, the 75294 doesn't mean the book was published in 1975) but instead was a series number scheme Lancer/Magnum used to try to separate types of books published (like to keep porn and romance separate from their mystery and sci-fi books). What a mess they made! Straight, clean, very tight NF book with no writing in it, with a tiny fold line to upper front corner, a tiny bit of edgewear to corners, and a couple of very tiny spots to paper of spine. There's no reader's crease to either spine or front panel, and no spine rolling. Extremely nice example of this scarce book, whichever Koontz is the real author! Maybe joint effort? ; 221 pages
Keyword(s) Gerda Koontz,Dean Koontz,Horror,Gothic,Paperback Originals
Category(ies) General Fiction 1sts,Horror Sci-Fi Fantasy 1sts,Paperback Original 1sts
Price $45.00