THE STAR KINGS. New York: Frederick Fell, Inc., . Octavo, cloth. First edition. A space epic set in the far future that ranks a close second to THE HAUNTED STARS (1960), his best novel. "One of the classic American space operas: a retelling of Anthony Hope's THE PRISONER OF ZENDA (1894) in futuristic, galaxy-spanning fashion. Hamilton's first novel in book form, though he had written many magazine novellas and serials over a twenty year period prior to this one's appearance." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 344. In 333. Early owner's signature dated 14 November 1949 on the front free endpaper and his bookplate affixed to the front paste-down. A fine copy in very good dust jacket with wear and shallow loss at spine ends and corner tips, 30 mm closed tear along front spine fold, and some light general soiling. (#149224).
"FIRST PRINTING, OCTOBER 1949" on copyright page.