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. A fine copy in good dust jacket with wear along top and bottom edges, shallow chipping at spine ends, and 20 mm closed tear and associated crease with internal tape mends at lower edge of rear panel. (#162425).
"FIRST PRINTING, OCTOBER 1949" on copyright page.