Willimantic, CT: Mark V. Ziesing, 1988. Limited First edition. Hardcover. Octavo (7 1/2 x 5 1/4"). , 153, pp. Original illustrated dust-jacket over purple cloth, with gold lettering to spine and front cover.
Limited first edition and first trade edition of Lucius Shepard's "The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter," a "novella built around an independent, separate sequence of events from the acclaimed Shepard short story "The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule" which was nominated for Hugo, World Fantasy, and Nebula Awards.
The book begins and ends with the paralyzed dragon who constitutes the setting for each story. Catherine, the heroine, determines her own fate. No knights in shining armour come to her rescue from the drooling horde of mental defects who imprison her. She has no suitor to aid her, no loyal family servant does her dirty work. And, in the end, nobody slays the dragon. As the dust jacket proclaims, "this is a story of betrayal and vengeance, lust and violence. Yet it is also a tale trust and forgiveness, love and tenderness. A story about predestiny and adventure." (From the Publishers).
The limited edition is one of 300 copies, of which this is No. 183, with the signatures of both the author and the dust-jacket illustrator on free front endpaper.
The trade edition is signed on title page by Lucius Shepard, and is dated '88, Willimantic.
Both volumes are in very good condition. vg. Item #42360