Prelude to Dune a Trilogy: Dune: House Atreides, Dune: House Harkonnen and Dune: House Corrino
Author: Brian Patrick Herbert (1947- ) and Kevin James Anderson signed by both authors
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
3 volumes. House Atreides: xvi+604 pages with maps. House Harkonnen: xiv+626 pages with maps and genealogical chart. House Corrino: xiv+590 pages with maps and genealogical chart. Royal octavos (9 1/2" x 6 1/4") bound in original publisher's cloth with gilt lettering to spine in original pictorial jackets. Signed on title page by both authors with book mark promoting The Winds of Dune signed by both authors laid in. First British editions.
The Prelude to Dune series begins four decades before the events of Dune, with an eager Crown Prince Shaddam plotting to succeed his aging father Elrood IX, young House Atreides heir Leto becoming close with the ruling family of the important technology world Ix, and the Bene Gesserit scheming behind the scenes to create the Kwisatz Haderach. As the series progresses, Leto becomes the new Atreides Duke, Shaddam becomes the emperor and aligns with the Bene Tleilax in their takeover of Ix to develop synthetic spice, and the Bene Gesserit punish Baron Vladimir Harkonnen for raping one of them with a disease that slows his metabolism. The Spacing Guild, having found the Tleilaxu synthetic spice to be fatal to its Navigators, forces Shaddam to capitulate to the Landsraad, with Leto playing a role in forcing Shaddam to sign humiliating peace accords, confirming his status as the emperor's leading rival.
Signed on titles. House Harkonnen corner gently bumped else near fine in fine jackets.