Canaveral Press

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Canaveral Press was a New York-based publisher of fantasy, science fiction and related material, active from the early 1960s through the mid-1970s. Richard A. Lupoff was the editor for publishers Jack Biblo and Jack Tannen.

After many years of operating their lower Manhattan bookstore, Biblo and Tannen Booksellers, at 63 Fourth Avenue, the two began a publishing subsidiary, named Biblo and Tannen, to republish out-of-print historical novels that were purchased mainly by school libraries. They also reprinted books on archaeology, including The Palace of Minos at Knossos.

Reprints[edit]

They launched another subsidiary, Canaveral Press, giving it a name identified with space exploration underway at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Under that imprint, Biblo and Tannen published a line of Burroughs books. Most were reprints of Edgar Rice Burroughs novels on which the copyright had lapsed, but in April 1963, the firm acquired the rights to unpublished Burroughs manuscripts.

Canaveral was on good terms with the Burroughs heirs, and several Canaveral Burroughs titles are legitimate first editions of material not previously published in book form and in some cases not previously published at all. To illustrate the Burroughs novels, Lupoff brought into Canaveral several leading illustrators of the 1950s and 1960s, notably Reed Crandall, Frank Frazetta and Roy G. Krenkel.

Original books[edit]

Canaveral also published original books by Lupoff, E. E. Doc Smith, L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp. Lupoff recalled, "After assembling a couple of volumes of Burroughs' previously uncollected short stories and preparing several of his unpublished novels for release, I was asked by the owners of the company, Jack Biblo and Jack Tannen, to write a book about him. That was the genesis of Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure, my first book."[1]

Canaveral stopped adding titles to its catalog in the late 1960s. Some of its existing titles were reprinted in the 1970s. The firm closed in the late 1970s.

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