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    L. Sprague de Camp. Four Books, including: Lands Beyond. By L. Sprague de Camp and Willy Ley. New York, Toronto: Rinehart & Co., Inc., [1952]. Octavo. 329 pages. Bibliography. Index [unpaginated]. Publisher's quarter cloth shelf back over Wedgwood blue boards. The spine is lettered in red. Illustrated dust jacket designed by Charles Skaggs. Very minor rubbing and toning to the jacket, else a near fine copy. In this work, two talented authors tell the incredible tales of the lands beyond, including: Atlantis, the countries of the Odyssey, lands visited by Sindbad the Sailor, and those of Prester John, El Dorado, Terra Australis, those in the Western Ocean, the lands of the lost tribes of Israel, and the lost paradise. [and:] The Wheels of If: And Other Science-Fiction. By L. Sprague de Camp. Chicago: Shasta Publishers, 1948. First edition. Octavo. vii, 222 pages. Octavo. Publisher's tan boards with the spine lettered in black. Illustrated dust jacket designed by Hannes Bok. A small bookseller's ticket is affixed to the front pastedown endpaper. Some discoloration to the jacket spine, two tiny closed tears to the bottom edge of the back of the jacket. Altogether a very good copy. Included in this compilation are: The Wheels of If, The Best-Laid Scheme, The Warrior Race, Hyperpilosity, The Merman, The Contraband Cow, The Gnarly Man. Each of these works were first published in either Unknown Fantasy Fiction or Astounding Science-Fiction magazines in the late 1930s and early 1940s. [and:] Science-Fiction Handbook: The Writing of Imaginative Fiction. New York: Hermitage House, 1953. First edition. Octavo. 328 pages. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Publisher's quarter light gray shelf back over red boards. Illustrated dust jacket. Some discoloration to the spine and top edge of the jacket, a very small tear to the back top edge of the jacket. Altogether a very good copy. L. Sprague de Camp gives advice on writing and marketing science fiction and fantasy works. This work was later reissued as a revised edition by Owlswick Press of Philadelphia in 1975, featuring the extensive revisions and expansion by Catherine Crook de Camp. [and:] The Continent Makers: And Other Tales of the Viagens. New York: Twayne Publishers Inc., [1953]. First edition. Octavo. 272 pages. Publisher's light taupe cloth covers with the front cover and spine lettered in red. Illustrate dust jacket. Some minor rubbing to the jacket, else a near fine copy. L. Sprague de Camp collected some of his short stories in this work, the fifth book in his Viagens Interplanetarieas series. The stories included are: The Inspector's Teeth, Summer Wear, Finished, The Galton Whistle, The Animal-Cracker Plot, Git Along!, Perpetual Motion, The Continent Makers. These works were all originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, Future combined with Science Fiction, Thrilling Wonder Stories, and Startling Stories, in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

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