Kemlo and the Space Lanes

By E C Eliott (Reginald Alec Martin)
First Published 1955 by Nelson
Illustrated by Bruce Cornwell
First edition dustwrapper. Click to enlarge
dustwrapper by
Bruce Cornwell
Nelson 1955
How Kemlo won his spurs in the first and last great Battle of Space. For, yes, even to Space, that final goal of all Man's earthly dreams, enmity and war eventually came. But in Space, as always in the end on Earth, good was to triumph over evil - though not until a hideous and terrifying danger had been averted.

The book contains a magnificent description of the building of a Satellite Belt.

First Edition:
Hardback with dustwrapper; light blue cloth with black blocking including Satellite logo on front board and rocket on spine; 120x180mm; 200pp; colour frontispiece and 6 black and white illustrations; artist name given simply as Bruce Cornwell.
Full color dustwrapper wraps to include the spine; front flap has publisher's 'blurb' - recorded above; book published at 5/- net.

Other Editions:

Nelson Junior 1959:

Paperback edition; 120x180 mm; 200 pages; new colour cover illustration, not credited but apparently by the same as the other Kemlo books in this edition; six black and white illustrations as in the first edition, signed Cornwell; cover price originally 2/6 net.

This copy has price label affixed over the original - repricing the book as '3/6 IN THE UK '.

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Cover artwork of
paperback edition
Nelson Junior 1959
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Cover artwork of
paperback edition
Merlin 1968
Hamlyn, Merlin edition 1968:

New paperback edition; author's surname given as Eliot; Merlin number M39; 110x180mm; cover not credited; 125pp; 6 black and white line illustrations, possibly by Bruce Cornwell but not credited; cover price 2/6.

Other editions:

Foreign editions:

Italy, by an unknown publisher, 1957:
Published as Kemlo; as by 'E C Eliot'; translated by Gigliola Tocchetti; illustrated by A Marcuzzi.

Cedro, Spain 1958:
Published as Las Rutas del Espacio; 160 pages; translation by Carlos Sempan Sopena; illustrations by A Bruce Cornwell.


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