1947 · Providence, R. I.
by Campbell, John W., Jr.
Providence, R. I.: Hadley Publishing Company, 1947. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Bound in red pebbled cloth (no priority). An early space opera with galactic sweep, first published as a five-part serial in ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION in 1934. "Intrepid space-farers are plunged into an alternative universe, where they discover ancient Earth-peoples and become embroiled in interplanetary war. Extravagant entertainment in the same rather juvenile vein as E. E. 'Doc' Smith's space epics of the period -- though it displays a better grasp of science and engineering. Campbell's first novel in book form, and perhaps the best of his early space operas." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 237. Three novelette-length sequels, all rejected by ASF editor F. O. Tremaine, were combined and published as THE INCREDIBLE PLANET (1949). Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3-7. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1369-1400. Bleiler (1978), p. 38. Reginald 02527. In 333. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with 15 mm closed tear at top edge of front panel and touch of rubbing to extremities. A sharp, bright copy of this book. (#72053) (Inventory #: 72053)