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Four First Editions; One Price!
Planet Of Adventure
(In Four Volumes)
By Jack Vance
Planet Of Adventure is one long novel, broken up into four books for publication purposes. A lone Earthman crash-lands on Tschai, a heretofore-undiscovered world. He finds a panoply of humanoid, but alien, races inhabiting it in various stages of diplomacy ranging from near-symbiosis to kill-on-sight. There are also humans, descendents of Earthpeople kidnapped heaven-knows-how-long ago. Several of the races have space-travel capability, so Adam Reith's self-assigned task is to steal or otherwise obtain a spaceship, return home, and warn the Earth about the existence of Tschai.
You are buying these four books, ALL FIRST EDITIONS:
City of the Chasch, in which Reith becomes the sole survivor of his destroyed starship, lands on Tschai, and meets his first alien race, the Chasch.
Servants of the Wankh. Reith takes a sea voyage to the other side of the world, in hopes of obtaining financial aid to buy a spaceship.
The Dirdir are the greatest spacefaring race of the four occupying Tschai. Reith invades their main spaceyard in hopes of stealing a ride home.
The Pnume are perhaps the most ancient of the Tschai races. They live underground. They are the historians of Tschai, collecting its past with scholarly disinterest. When they hear about a man freshly arrived from Earth, they are determined to capture him and turn him into an exhibit!
Overall this is an excellent group. Only the Chasch has real flaws: lots of edge wear, some heavy; foxing inside the covers. Pages are off-white. The middle two books are VG, very clean and tight. The Pnume is brand new!