San Francisco, California and Columbia, Pennsylvania: Underwood-Miller, 1984. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. First hardcover edition, each volume no. 48 of 200, octavo size, 664 total pp., in slipcase, signed by Jack Vance in all three volumes. Fine / fine. Item #21040502
John Holbrook "Jack" Vance (1916-2013) was a prolific mystery, fantasy and SciFi writer, and his work garnered numerous awards: the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (1984), the 15th Grand Master of The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (1997), inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, winner of Hugo Awards and an Edgar Award.
This trilogy is set within a larger fictional universe of Vance's, the Gaean Reach. Each of the three novels is named for one of its worlds; a fourth novel was planned but never written. With chillingly lovely artwork on the dust jackets by Ned Dameron, who also provided dust jacket cover art for some of the Stephen King "Dark Tower" series, among other genre works.
___DESCRIPTION: Three volumes all identically bound in cobalt blue cloth over boards, limitation pages bound in as a tipped-in page to the half-titles, signed by Jack Vance in black ink; octavo size (9.5" by 6.25"), pagination: Vol. 1, [i-viii] 1-169 [colophon, 170]; Vol. 2, [i-iv] [1-4] 5-222 [blank, 223] [colophon, 224]; and Vol. 3, [i-viii] 1-247 [2 blanks] [colophon, 250]; each volume published in a limited edition of 1000 copies, the first 220 of which were specially bound and signed by the author (200 being numbered and 20 being presentation copies). Each volume in a dust jacket with the original price of $15.00 on the front flap, with the limited, signed price of $30.00 on the back flap, wrap-around artwork by Ned Dameron with white lettering on the front and spines, a summary of the specific volume on the front flaps, short bio of the author on the back flaps. The three volumes are housed in a publisher's slipcase covered in navy blue cloth over sturdy white cardboard.
___CONDITION: Volumes fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and the entire set is entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, and as new. The unclipped dust jackets also fine, clean, without sunning and without wear; the slipcase is also fine, strong and sturdy, without wear and clean but for a miniscule small speck or two; altogether an outstanding example.
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