I have been adding many new books to my collection recently. My interest in reading has shifted to older books and authors. So I thought instead of just a simple book haul post I would do more of a spotlight/introduction post as well. So in the post below you will not only find the usual book haul photo’s, but book and author info as well. I hope you will take the time to look it over and maybe take a chance at checking out books and authors that you may have forgot about or discover in these post!

I found this copy at my local used book store.

More REH to add to my collection!

Today we have:

Conan the Conqueror  (Lancer 1967)

by Robert E. Howard





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Conan the Conqueror
Year : 1967 through 1973 – See Notes
Book No. : See Notes
Edition : 10 editions – See Notes
Format : Paperback
Pages : 224
Cover art : Frank Frazetta
Illustrations : None
“Introduction” by L. Sprague de Camp
“Conan the Conqueror”
Originally published as “The Hour of the Dragon”

1st edition, 1967, 73-572, purple edges, 60 cents
2nd edition, 1967, 73-572, purple edges, 60 cents, Canada
3rd edition, 1968, 73-572, purple edges, 60 cents
4th edition, 1968, 73-572, purple edges, 60 cents, Canada
5th edition, 1969, 73-572, purple edges, 60 cents
6th edition, 1969, 73-572, purple edges, 60 cents, Canada
7th edition, 1970, 75137-095, purple edges, 95 cents
8th edition, 197175137-095, yellow edges, 95 cents
9th edition, Aug 197275137-095, yellow edges, 95 cents
 edition, Jan 197375137-095, yellow edges, 95 cents
The covers of the various printings change slightly every so often in the series.
Edited by L. Sprague de Camp
Frontispiece: Map of the Hyborian Age
Lancer went backrupt in 1973, but there were numerous later printings by Prestige and Ace, perhaps 20 or more printings total.

The Prestige books are known to exist in at least two states. Some have “DISTRIBUTED BY ACE BOOKS” on the cover with Prestige Books listed as the publisher on the title page. Some have “ACE” on the cover and are stamped with “Prestige” on the copyright page.

There are also U.K. editions published by Sphere.

The Conan series continued up to the late 1980’s and is the basis for numerous licensed as well as bootleg non-English editions. The Conan series is by far the most reproduced REH series in the world. It is quite possible that over one million copies of this book are in print.

3rd edition
Conan the Conqueror

Other Editions: Ace1st Ace 2nd Boardman Gnome Press Prestige Sphere


Info from Howard Works.

The Online Robert E. Howard Bibliography


A great resource!





Of the 21 Conan the Barbarian tales that Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) completed in his all-too-brief lifetime, Hour of the Dragon was the only novel-length story. It may also be the very best of the series, crafted when the legendary pulp writer was working at the height of his powers. Conan is a huge swordsman fighting both natural and supernatural foes in a time-lost world known as the Hyborian Age. At this point in his bloody career, Conan is the middle-aged king of the ancient kingdom of Aquilonia. He must fight one final battle to save the known world from a resurrected sorcerer named Xaltotun. Only the fabled Heart of Ahriman can destroy Xaltotun, and Conan must embark on an epic quest to retrieve the Heart. Howard hammered out every word as if he had actually lived through it himself, and in doing so forged a crimson masterpiece of heroic fantasy. (This novel has also been published as part of the formal Conan series as Conan the Conqueror.)





Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) was an American author who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres. He is well known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre.

Howard was born and raised in Texas. He spent most of his life in the town of Cross Plains with some time spent in nearby Brownwood. A bookish and intellectual child, he was also a fan of boxing and spent some time in his late teens bodybuilding, eventually taking up amateur boxing. From the age of nine he dreamed of becoming a writer of adventure fiction but did not have real success until he was 23. Thereafter, until his death at age 30, Howard’s writings were published in a wide selection of magazines, journals, and newspapers, and he had become successful in several genres. Although a Conan novel was nearly published in 1934, his stories never appeared in book form during his lifetime. The main outlet for his stories was the pulp magazine Weird Tales.

In the pages of the Depression-era pulp magazine Weird Tales, Howard created Conan the Barbarian. With Conan and his other heroes, Howard created the genre now known as sword and sorcery, spawning many imitators and giving him a large influence in the fantasy field. Howard remains a highly read author, with his best works still reprinted.


Info from Wikipedia