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Nelson Bond Papers

Identifier: GTM-141117.2

Content Description

Correspondence to Nelson Bond from dealer Allen Ahearn and Roy Squires re collecting Ray Bradbury. Includes printed items re Bradbury (articles and ephemera); 2 photographs of Bradbury (dated 1939 and 1993). Also items relating to James Branch Caball.

Includes one LP sound recording (in Italian). Title: "Cronache Marziane" ["The Martian Cronicles"]. Inscribed to Nelson and Betty Bond. Signed by Ray Bradbury (1979).

Additional items relating to Nelson Bond, donated by Allen Ahearn and Beth Ahearn Fisher (2017), include a news article clipping, correspondence between Bond, Allen Ahearn, Roy Squires, and Herb Yellin; as well as 9 bookseller's catalogs compiled by Bond during his time as an antiquarian bookseller.


  • 1971-2011

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Biographical / Historical

Ray Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American author and screenwriter. He worked in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction. Bradbury is best known for writing the iconic dystopian novel “Fahrenheit 451” (1953), and his science-fiction and horror-story collections, “The Martian Chronicles” (1950), “The Illustrated Man” (1951), and “I Sing the Body Electric” (1969). While most of his best known work is in fantasy fiction, he also wrote in other genres, such as the coming-of-age novel “Dandelion Wine” (1957) and the fictionalized memoir “Green Shadows, White Whale” (1992). Bradbury also wrote and consulted on screenplays and television scripts, including “Moby Dick” and “It Came from Outer Space”. Many of his works were adapted into comic book, television, and film formats. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2007 Pulitzer Citation

Nelson Slade Bond (November 23, 1908 – November 4, 2006) was an American author who wrote extensively for books, magazines, radio, television and the stage. The 1998 recipient of the Nebula Author Emeritus award for lifetime achievement, Bond was a pioneer in early science fiction and fantasy. His published fiction is mainly short stories, most of which appeared in pulp magazines in the 1930s and 1940s. Many were published in “Blue Book” magazine. He is noted for his "Lancelot Biggs" series of stories and for his "Meg the Priestess" tales.

Source: Wikipedia


0.21 Linear Feet (1 Slim Document Case (letter size))

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Quill & Brush, Maryland, November 2014; Gift of Allen Ahearn and his daughter Beth Ahearn Fisher, 2017

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Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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