Gregg Press

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Name: Gregg Press
Date(s): created in 1977-79, in 1989, Marion Zimmer Bradley tells fans the Darkover editions are all out of print [1]
Profit/Nonprofit: profit
Country based in: New York, USA
Focus: Darkover
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Gregg Press was a press that published some limited edition hardcover versions of Darkover books.

"Darkover Has a New Friend" -- a December 1978 ad printed in Starstone #3

Many of the books have frontispieces created by fan, Pyracantha.

flyer printed in Darkover Newsletter #15/16 (December 1978), discusses paperback books vs hardcovers, and Bradley also appears to give her approval to some Darkover maps

The Gregg Press Maps

Despite the fact the Gregg Press books have some Darkover maps, Marion Zimmer Bradley was very, very much against fans, or anyone else, drawing maps of Darkover.

"Is there a map of Darkover? The hardcover editions published by Gregg Press have maps in them, but MZB said they were not canonical. She never wanted to be pinned down to a map of Darkover; she said she never knew where she'd need to put a city. [2]

In 1993, a fan asked a common question about any existing maps of Darkover, and Bradley responded: "I don't do maps to avoid boxing myself in suppose I needed a city where the map claims a Howling Waste is located?" Ann Sharp noted that "an attempt at a map was made in the Gregg Press edition end papers, but it's very much out of date now." [3]

See more on this topic at Mapping Darkover.

Some Frontispieces

The Books

  • The Bloody Sun and "To Keep The Oath" (1979). Frontispiece by Hannah Shapero. Endpaper maps by Diana Paxson. With a new introduction by the author.
  • Darkover Landfall (1978). Frontispiece photo of author. Second frontispiece by Jack Gaughan from DAW First edition. New introduction by Theodore Sturgeon.
  • The Forbidden Tower (1979). Frontispieces by Hannah Shapero and Richard Hescox. Endpaper maps by Diana Paxson. With a new introduction by the author.
  • The Heritage of Hastur (1977). Frontispieces by Richard Powers and Jack Gaughan. Map by Thaym Berger. New introduction by Susan Wood.
  • The Planet Savers (1979). Frontispiece by Hannah Shapero. Endpaper maps by Diana Paxson. With a new introduction by the author.
  • The Shattered Chain (1979). Frontispieces by Hannah Shapero and George Barr. Endpaper maps by Diana Paxson. With a new introduction by the author.
  • The Spell Sword (1979). Frontispieces by Hannah Shapero and George Barr. Endpaper maps by Diana Paxson. With a new introduction by the author. Paul Edwin Zimmer is acknowledged as a co-author on more recent copies of this title.
  • Star of Danger (1979). 1st hardcover edition. Frontispiece by Hannah Shapero. Endpaper maps by Diana Paxson. With a new introduction by the author.
  • Stormqueen! (1979). Frontispiece by Hannah Shapero. Endpaper maps by Diana Paxson. With a new introduction by the author.
  • The Sword of Aldones (1977). Frontispiece by Hannah Shapero. New introduction by Richard A Lupoff.
  • The Winds of Darkover (1979). Frontispiece by Hannah Shapero. Endpaper maps by Diana Paxson. With a new introduction by the author.
  • The World Wreckers (1979). Frontispiece by Hannah Shapero. Endpaper maps by Diana Paxson. With a new introduction by the author.

References

  1. Darkover Newsletter #45
  2. Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works FAQ
  3. from Darkover Newsletter. #63