THE SECRET OF THE MARTIAN MOONS. Philadelphia, Toronto: The John C. Winston Company, . Octavo, cloth. First edition. Colonists in the small, unprofitable settlement on Mars are ordered to return to Earth, but a handful of scientists remain to make a final attempt to discover the origin and fate of the Martians, a vanished race. When the scientists land on Phobos to set up their equipment to study Mars they become involved in a conflict between two factions of alien Vegans who inhabit Phobos and Deimos, artificial satellites that orbit Mars. In the midst of this crisis, the Star people, the original inhabitants of Mars, return home. "... ample incident and a quick-moving story." - Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 5-178. Part of the classic Winston science fiction series for young readers published between 1952 and 1961. Faint scratch to rear panel, scoring from penciled price on front free endpaper, a nearly fine copy in good dust jacket with wear along top and bottom edges and 55 mm closed tear along front flap fold extending into spine panel. Jacket illustration by Alex Schomburg. (#165633).
First edition so stated on copyright page.