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VOODOO PLANET and STAR HUNTER
|ex-ChUSFA: stamp on first inside page, page 85. MORE INFO|
Gregg Press: "First Printing, February 1978" hardcover (the paperback was in 1961.) Cover by Jack Gaughan (same cover-art used for all six volumes of this set.) Condition is near-Fine in a near-Fine dustjacket: the book is tight and square, with very mild or negligible age-tanning. No marks or writing - a very clean copy that looks unread. The SF club library put lots of stamps on - each front endpaper, title page & page 85, top & bottom page blocks, and 2 on the side page block. The DJ is in nice shape with no tears and very light wear; DJ protector had been taped to the dustjacket - so there are tape remnants on the back side of the DJ where it had been attached. DJ protecter was discarded because it showed some wear. The final scan shows a slight discoloration on the last endpaper (top & bottom) - most easily seen in daylight (I have difficulty seeing this under artificial light.) Since this is covered by the back flap and rarely visible, I consider it a very minor fault.
A note about the Gregg Press hardcover editions. Their print runs were low (typically 500 to 700?) and their quality is high: acid free paper, so age-tanning is negligible; the binding is sewn, and the boards are heavier than most. They will last much longer than the original, if there was one. Another seller dropped me a note to clarify something I thought was just an inconsistency: sometimes the credits page will state "First Printing" followed by a month and year - and sometimes not. Apparently they occasionally did another print run, and dropped the "First Printing" line on those. Most of the books they chose to reprint in hardcover were chosen for quality and popularity of the author - even when an earlier hardcover exists, the Gregg edition tends to be the preferred one.
Star Hunter and Voodoo Planet - 2 short novels, originally halves of Ace Doubles in 1959 and 1961. This pair-up was first made for a 1968 Ace paperback which was reprinted several times. The 1978 Gregg Press hardcover re-collected the pair, placing them in reverse order, as VOODOO PLANET and STAR HUNTER - presumably to emphasize VOODOO PLANET as third in the "Dane Thorsen" series.
STAR HUNTER: Somewhere on the jungle world of Jumala, there was a man in hiding - a man whose mind had been reconditoned with another's brain pattern and for whom there was a fabulous reward. A game of hide-and-seek between a man who did not know his own powers and an interstellar safari that sought something no man had a right to findů
VOODOO PLANET: 3rd in the "Solar Queen" series. Dane Thorsen finds himself embroiled in a battle of minds between the rational science of the spaceways and the hypnotic witchcraft of the mental wizard who ruled Xecho.
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