THE WORLD OF A. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1948. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Nice full-page signed inscription by van Vogt to Dirce Archer on front free endpaper. "A space-operatic mystery story in its author's best vein, with a hero who seemingly can die and be reborn endlessly (thanks to his 'non-Aristotelian' mental powers). It's dreadful old garbage by any reasonable critical standard, and yet it has a dreamlike conviction which has endeared it to generations of readers. The works of van Vogt, which have provided so much escapist joy, are among the great embarrassments of modern SF." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 427. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1158. Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2501-05. In 333. Lower spine end soft, a nearly fine copy in very good dust jacket with light creasing to spine ends, some rubbing to front corner tips, and two short closed tears in rear panel, one at top edge, the other at bottom edge, latter with faint associated creases. Still a pretty nice copy which presents well overall. (#110804).
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