by L. Sprague de Camp
Dust jacket by Tim Kirk
Limited Edition Hardcover - $60.00
OUT OF PRINT FROM THE PUBLISHER
Arkham House, 1976; 313 pp.; limited to 5,431 copies. First Edition.
Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers: The Makers of Heroic Fantasy is a work of collective biography on the formative authors of the heroic fantasy genre by L. Sprague de Camp (1907-2000). Most of its chapters are revised versions of articles that initially appeared in the magazine Fantastic and the fanzine Amra between 1971 and 1976. The book has been translated into French as Les pionieers de la fantasy.
The work presents the history of the genre through a discussion of the lives and works of its most important early writers. After a general survey of the development of modern fantasy, individual chapters deal with William Morris, Lord Dunsany, H. P. Lovecraft, E. R. Eddison, Robert E. Howard, Fletcher Pratt, Clark Ashton Smith, J. R. R. Tolkien, and T. H. White. A final chapter concerns lesser or later literary lights C. L. Moore, Leslie Barringer, Nictzin Dyalhis, Clifford Ball, Henry Kuttner, Norvell W. Page and Fritz Leiber.
The book also includes an introduction by de Camp's colleague Lin Carter, who remedies what he considers de Camp's most egregious omission by providing a profile of de Camp himself (also a formative author in the genre).
Book is solid and clean; black binding cloth is clean and shiny, with minor light fingerprinting on rear cover; boards are unbumped and corners sharp; gilt lettering on spine is bright; pages are clean and bright. Upper corner on rear board is lightly bumped.
Dust jacket front is clean, bright, unblemished and unchipped; flaps are clean and bright with original price ($10.00) unclipped; rear cover is clean and bright
Overall, this is a near fine to fine copy of the book in a fine dust jacket.CONTENTS
"Introduction: Neomythology", by Lin Carter
Chapter I. "The Swords of Faërie"
Chapter II "Jack of All Arts: William Morris"
Chapter III. "Two Men in One: Lord Dunsany"
Chapter IV. "Eldritch Yankee Gentleman: H. P. Lovecraft"
Chapter V. "Superman in a Bowler: E.R. Eddison"
Chapter VI. "The Miscast Barbarian: Robert E. Howard"
Chapter VII. "Parallel Worlds: Fletcher Pratt"
Chapter VIII. "Sierran Shaman: Clark Ashton Smith"
Chapter IX. "Merlin in Tweeds: J.R.R. Tolkien"
Chapter X. "The Architect of Camelot: T.H. White"
Chapter XI. "Conan's Compeers"