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    Robert E. Howard. Four First Editions, including: Conan the Barbarian. New York: Gnome Press, Inc. [1954]. Octavo. 224 pages. Red cloth with black titles on spine and front cover. Minor wear and bumps on binding. Some toning in the paper. Overall near fine. Dust jacket is near fine with minor wear and a tiny amount of paper loss at foot of spine. [and:] Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp. Tales of Conan. New York: Gnome Press, Inc. [1955]. Octavo. 218 pages. Black cloth with red spine titles. Some toning in the paper. Overall fine. Dust jacket is fine with minor wear. [and:] The Darkman and Others. Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House, 1963. Twelvemo. 284 pages. Black cloth with gold spine titles. Overall fine with minor wear. Dust jacket is near fine with minor wear. [and:] The Sowers of the Thunder. Illustrated by Roy G. Krenkel. West Kingston, R.I.: Donald M. Grant, 1973. Signed on the half-title page by Roy G. Krenkel. Octavo. 285 pages. Illustrated endpapers and endleaves. Tan cloth with black titles and illustrations on spine and front cover. Overall, book and dust jacket are fine.

    Here are four first-edition volumes of stories by the tragic father of the sword-and-sorcery genre, Robert Ervin Howard (1906-1936). Most of the titles were originally published in Weird Tales and other periodicals. Tales of Conan includes unfinished Howard manuscripts completed by L. Sprague de Camp. From the Robert and Diane Yaspan Collection.

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