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stop press! here's a Townsend of Lichfield on eBay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/OLD-BOOK-JAMES-BRANCH-CABELL-TOWNSEND-LICHFIELD-/14045491300...
That's a very interesting spread of numbers -- a number of semi-twins -- 1343 & 1344; 1351 & 1355; 1273 & 1275; and in an odd way 1301-1400-1498; as well as your pairs and triplets at the end. Did you buy these as a set? or from shops? or on the net?

Forgive my badgering curiosity... I'm trying to piece together a (back-up) set and I do a lot of indeciding as to whether I should go cheap-but-maybe-beat, or pay more. The core of the made up set is 11 volumes from set 82 (1-9, 14-15) which is an odd assortment, so I figure the other volumes must be out there somewhere. 1422, 307, 279, 556 are some of the other in the made-up set.

I'm still keeping an eye out for a TOwnsend of Lichfield for you...
Hey DCB -- What sets are your Storisendes from? Do you have any from set #82?
sorry for delay - it's been busy. I find I must have already shed the early Bleiler. I stopped using it as I found the Firebell 1978 edn more useful - but what you really want is the Guide to Supernatural Fiction - it is wonderful

Jessica Salmonson's observations on the 3 are quite accurate:

1. Bleiler, Everett F. THE CHECKLIST OF FANTASTIC LITERATURE. Chicago: Shasta, 1948; Naperville, Illinois: Fax, 1972. About 5000 titles are listed. In Bleiler's later checklist (immediately below) many titles were dropped from the 1948 version, for reasons not always fathomable, though short story collections with only one or two supernatural inclusions appear to have been among the jettisoned titles, as well as works only marginally fantastic. The 1978 Checklist is the more reliable for stringent definition of genre, but this earlier version of the Checklist has not been completely superseded.

2. Bleiler, Everett F. THE CHECKLIST OF SCIENCE FICTION & SUPERNATURAL FICTION. Glen Rock, NJ: Firebell, 1978. With nearly 5000 entries the majority coded for themes, this has long remained the single most important checklist of early first edition fantasy & weird fiction book titles. This checklist is indispensible for serious book scouts who're really in the field tracking down odd old titles. The Checklist is not completely redundant to the 1948 version but more narrowly defines what is apropos. The 1978 version is apt to remain the most useful list of its kind for years yet to come, but it would be a mistake to regard it as exhaustive; in an appendix Ev speculates there are another 5,000 titles that would have fit his definition but not everything was available to verify. Somewhere around 1981-82, I avoided using it as it was steering me away from important titles; but I started using it again once I was confident I could judge more for myself without using the Checklist as a bible. And there are a few collectors out there who collect only the Bleiler Checklist as though it's indeed scripture. Ideally absorbing the vast body of information in this checklist will sensitize the questor to recognizing similar titles missed by Bleiler, recognizable by title-type, author name, fantasy-prone imprint, or gut feeling. If I were forced to pick one book in this bibliography of the best for collectors & sellers of antiquarian fantasy, this one would have to be it. It had two substantial printings of this edition; yet its extreme usefulness has driven the price dramatically upward, alas. If you have to, get a library copy, photocopy it as neatly as possible, & put it in a ring binder.

3. Bleiler, Everett F. THE GUIDE TO SUPERNATURAL FICTION. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1983. Detailed descriptions & synopses for 1,775 books chiefly antiquarian, including novels & collections, & a motif index. Extravagantly useful, I've worn mine to such a frazzle it needs to be rebound.

Though I apologize for thinking the early Bleiler was still lying about, I can offer the following items if you would have any interest (just reading copies/ex-lib discards):

Tuck's 1959 Handbook of SF & Fantasy (2 ex-lib vols bound as one)
Day's Supplemental Checklist of Fantastic Lit
Index to SF Magazines 1951-65
Index to SF Magazines 1966-70

interest & an address gets 'em for your bibliographic use - cheers! scott
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