New York: Gnome Press, Inc., Publishers, [1953]. Octavo, boards. First edition. Collects three Jirel of Joiry and four Northwest Smith stories. Jirel of Joiry introduces a female lead character into the Sword and Sorcery sub-genre. The Northwest Smith are science fiction stories set in the future, Smith is a space pilot and a oft time smuggler. All the stories here were first published in Weird Tales magazine. Concerning the Jirel stories, Schlobin in The Literature of Fantasy (p. 179) writes "Jirel's admirable courage in the face of horror and helplessness make her an exciting and dynamic figure, and Moore's descriptions, settings and dark devices are striking and original." Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1191. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 794. A little of the usual age toning to the text paper, some mild rubbing to the spine ends, a nearly fine copy in a very good dust jacket with two small closed tears to the upper front panel (15 mm and 10 mm), some mild wear along the upper and lower edges, a small closed tear to upper rear panel at spine fold (15 mm). (21684). Item #21684

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