The Jewels of Aptor
Ace Books (Ace Double F-173), New York, 1962
This little novel is your basic quest story and as such it has, I think, been unfairly underestimated in the Delany canon, even by Delany's fans. Its a real treat to read even forty plus years on. Perhaps expecially forty years on, as it sparkles with all the themes SRD later came to explore more fully and with the beginnings of a very individual style. The cover isn't credited but I wouldn't be surprised if it were Jack Gaughan.