First Edition (no statement), red cloth issue. J. Allen St. John dustjacket art. The first book in the Venus series (also called the "Carson Napier of Venus series") first serialized in six parts in Argosy in 1932. The events occur on a fictionalized version of the planet Venus, known as "Amtor" to its inhabitants. The novel contains elements of political satire aimed at communism. Near Fine in Near Fine dustjacket, top edge of front and rear panel with three tiny closed tears.