This is an original color cover for Astounding Science Fiction, September, 1955 that featured an artistic depiction of the underwater mineral prospecting that took place in author Jack Vance's short story entitled, The Gift of Gab, which, by the appearance of this cover, could be alternatively titled The Gift of Crab.
This 57+ year old Item is rated Very Fine ++. Light creasing. Light scuff - bottom margin.
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This piece was illustrated by Freas, Frank Kelly. There is no visible artist signature.
Keywords specific to this image: Author, Short Story, Literature, Sci-Fi, The Gift Of Gab, Jack Vance, Underwater, Spaceship, Futuristic, Technology, Transportation, Marine, Sea, Coral Reef, Sound Frequencies, Biology, Mineral Prospector, Planet, World