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    Edward E. Smith. The Skylark of Space. [Buffalo, NY]: 1946. First edition. Inscribed.

    More Information: Edward E. Smith, Ph. D., in collaboration with Mrs. Lee Hawkins Garby. The Skylark of Space. The Tale of the First Inter-Stellar Cruise. [Buffalo, NY]: Buffalo Book Co., 1946. First edition. Inscribed: "To Charles Lucas -- / In hope that this will / recall pleasant thoughts / of the [--] -- / Edward E. Smith, Ph. D." Octavo. 303, [1] pages. Full-page illustration at verso of title-page. Publisher's full light blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front gilt-stamped with publisher's device; all edges trimmed; original illustrated dust jacket. Spine a touch skewed; bit of discoloration at base of spine; ripple to backstrip; mild rubbing and soiling to boards; minor shelf wear at extremities of binding. Normal age toning to edges and interior of text block. Edge wear with a bit of paper loss at spine and flap fold ends of jacket; minor rubbing and soiling at exposed panels. Slight rubbing and discoloration at verso. Near fine. One of the earliest novels to feature interstellar travel and believed to be the first example of a space opera. Barron, Anatomy of Wonder (1987), 2-104; Currey, p. 457. From the Glynn and Suzanne Crain Collection.

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