The Complete Lensmen Series

    Edward E. Smith. Complete Lensmen Series - All First Editions in Dust Jacket, Published by Fantasy Press, including: Triplanetary. Reading, 1948. First trade edition. [And:] First Lensman. Reading, 1950. First trade edition, jacket is Currey's priority (A). Dust jacket possibly supplied. [And:] Galactic Patrol. Reading, 1950. First trade edition. Currey's priority (A) binding. [And:] Grey Lensman. Reading, 1951. First trade edition. Currey's priority (A) dust jacket. [And:] Second Stage Lensmen. Reading, 1953. First trade edition. Currey's priority (A) binding [And:] Children of the Lens. Reading, 1954. First trade edition. Currey's priority (B) binding. Dust jacket supplied. All books are in near fine condition, in dust jackets. Housed in a single custom slipcase. Some general wear, soiling to jackets (except Children of the Lens), tape on front flap of Second Stage Lensman. Triplanetary, Grey Lensman and Second Stage Lensman have tape residue on endleaves, some general rubbing and wear and some occasional soiling to bindings. Generally, a good set.
    Neil Barron, writing in Anatomy of Wonder, calls E. E. "Doc" Smith's Lensman series "the greatest of the early golden age space opera. A Lensman is a super-virtuous male or female chosen by the agents of cosmic goodness in the universe to have his virtues magnified and augmented with a 'ruby lens.' The lensmen become the balance of power against forces of cosmic evil. On the greatest battlefields, employing the most violent weapons, the lensmen fight the most ferocious of all wars."
    Anatomy of Wonder, p. 258. Bleiler, Checklist, p. 181. Currey, p. 456.

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