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Van Vogt, A.E.
Excellent shape for a BCE this old - the only flaw of note is a 1/8" hole at left side of cover (just to the left of author's name, above title.) Book is very tight and square - obviously unread. Previous owner's small bookplate on first endpaper (1/2" by 1-1/2")
A "fix-up" novel built from shorter work (this goes for about half of Van Vogt's output.) Source stories were "Centaurus II" from Astounding June 1947, "The Expendables" from IF September 1963, and "Rogue Ship" from Super Science Stories March 1950. In this case, the revisions are extensive.
Multimillionaire Averill Hewitt built a mighty space cruiser - the Hope of Man, and had her launched on a one-way trip to the planets clustered around Centaurus. He had not counted on radical changes developing in the social hierarchy on board: mutiny and revolution, and space madness, nor on the astounding scientific progress made by the rest of man during that long voyage...
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