New York: A Del Rey Book/Ballantine Books, 1978. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's ecru cloth, spine stamped in metallic pink, original illustrated dust jacket.
Collection of fantasy artwork by Peruvian illustrator Vallejo, whose slick, lurid covers for 1970s paperback series such as Tarzan, Conan the Barbarian, Gor, and Doc Savage were archetypal for a generation of readers, collectors, and imitators. "Who could ask for more noble and barbaric barbarians? Their muscles ripple with power, yet they are lean, wide of shoulder and taut of stomach. They stand alert and sure of themselves, somehow clean and decent (as no real barbarian probably ever was). They are calm and capable. Every one of them is the hero any sword-and-sorcery reader must want to be in his own dreams" (from the introduction by fantasy and sci-fi author-publisher del Rey). Illustrated with 40 full-page color plates and several black-and-white drawings and reproductions. Corners lightly banged; light rubbing to spine-ends of unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #219