THE DEMON PRINCE SERIES: THE STAR KING, THE KILLING MACHINE, THE PALACE OF LOVE, THE FACE and THE BOOK OF DREAMS. San Francisco, California Columbia, Pennsylvania: Underwood/Miller, 1980-81. Octavo, five volumes, boards (imitation leather). First U.S. hardcover editions of volumes 1-3, first hardcover edition of volume 4, first edition of volume 5. Trade editions. All five volumes comprising the "Demon Prince" series. "Originally published between 1964 and 1981 ... these five picaresque novels are vintage Jack Vance, crammed to the brim with sardonic wit and beautiful, slightly understated prose. Five aliens, the Demon Princes of the title, were responsible for the Mount Pleasant Massacre, which destroyed an entire world. Kirth Gersen, whose entire family died in the massacre, has dedicated his life to hunting down and avenging himself upon the princes, one per volume." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1160. A fine set, without dust jackets as issued. (#159517).