Indianapolis: Popular Fiction Publishing Company, 1936. First Edition. Pictorial wrappers. Item #28244
The complete first appearance of the only full-length Conan novel serialized in five issues and later published in book form in 1950 as Conan the Conqueror. Details as follows: 1) December 1935; pages are mildly toned, faint stain and small dent to the top edge, last page coupon missing; a bright, very good+ copy; contributions by Clark Ashton Smith, Edmond Hamilton, Paul Ernst, and others; includes the first published work by Virgil Finlay, who illustrated several of the stories in the magazine; cover art by Margaret Brundage. 2) January 1936; pages are mildly toned, a touch of soiling to back cover, two tiny chips to spine, mild wear; a bright, very good+ copy; contributions by Forbes Parkhill, Frank Owen, Paul Ernst, C. L. Moore, and others; cover art by Margaret Brundage. 3) February 1936; pages are mildly toned, light soiling to the back cover, three short, closed tears along the spine; a very good+ copy; contributions by Forbes Parkhill, Frank Owen, Paul Ernst, C. L. Moore, and others; cover art by Margaret Brundage. 4) March 1936; pages are toned, small tear to bottom edge also affecting the front cover, faint stain and soiling to lower edge of back cover; a very good copy; contributions by Paul Ernst, Eando Binder, Edmond Hamilton, Clark Ashton Smith, and others; cover art by Margaret Brundage. 5) April 1936; pages are lightly toned, corner crease to back cover and last leaf, light overall wear; a near fine copy; contributions by Jack Williamson, Robert Bloch, Arlton Eadie, August Derleth, and others; cover art by Margaret Brundage. A nice set of one of Conan's best stories, published shortly before Howard ended his own life. "... it moves along well, and never fails to deliver the crude excitements one might expect. This is the original, unadulterated Sword-and-Sorcery, and as such it has been extremely influential." #8 in Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels, ed. David Pringle, 1989.; Quarto.