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Anderson, Poul
book-date: 1952
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Holt Rinehart Winston
Paul Orban

Book= VG+ to near-Fine
Dustjacket= near-Fine

Holt Rinehart Winston "THIRD PRINTING, JUNE, 1964" hardcover (copyright 1952 - a Winston Juvenile.) Cover by Paul Orban, 210 pages, front flap is price-clipped. Condition is VG+ to near-Fine in a near-Fine dustjacket: book is tight with mild tilt (1/16" to 1/8"); age-tanning is mild and uniform. Ends of spine and bottom edges of boards show very light wear; corners are still square/unbumped. First right endpaper has what I presume to be a bookstore stamp ("Mighty Blackstone") - no other stamps, marks or writing. Price-clipped DJ has no tears, and had only very light wear (some light rubbing near top of spine) before I put this in a Demco DJ protector decades ago. In 1987, I got Mr. Anderson to sign it (on title page - see scan.) While only a 3rd printing - you are unlikely to see a copy in as nice condition, much less find an autographed copy.

Vault of the Ages (1952) - this is Poul Anderson's first SF novel, a post-holocaust juvenile. 500 years after the "Doom" destroyed civilization and sent nations to their graves with its "glowing death," the world is a barbaric society made of primitive tribes that shunned all things connected with the 20th century. When the fierce Lann army thundered down out of the north to conquer the peace-loving Dalesmen, 16-year-old Carl entered the forbidden City to seek out the knowledge that would save his people and rebuild the ancient glories of man. Accused of consorting with witches and threatened with penalty of death, Carl defied his own tribal seer to raise the ban on the time vault which could hold salvation for a dying civilization.

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