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    "Doc" Smith's Epic Series, The History of Civilization, One of Seventy-Five Specially Bound Sets Signed in Each Volume

    Edward E. ("Doc") Smith. The History of Civilization, including: Triplanetary, First Lensman, Galactic Patrol, Gray Lensman, Second Stage Lensman, Children of the Lens. Reading: Fantasy Press, 1955. One of seventy-five specially bound copies (this being number 33), signed by Smith in each volume on an inserted leaf. Triplanetary has been inscribed by Smith on the limitation page: "To / Ruth Dickinson / With sincere thanks for / helping make this new / [illegible] -- new, I think, to / all fiction -- a reality. / In high appreciation -- / Edward E. Smith, Ph.D." Six octavo volumes. Publisher's special binding of quarter brown leather over brown cloth boards, spines lettered in gilt. An about fine set, with only very minor rubbing and dust soiling, a few small light stains to top edges, a couple corners with slight creases, including the frontispiece on Volume 2 (minor and not near to the illustration). One page in Volume 3 roughly opened. Still, an excellent set. The original card-stock slipcase not present. Not issued with dust jackets, this set now protected by mylar jackets.

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    Edward E. "Doc" Smith (1890-1965) was a pioneer science fiction writer, who invented the "Space Opera" genre. Many consider hisLensman series to be one of the best science fiction series ever written, second only to Asimov's Foundation series.

    Currey p. 456.

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