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Monster Manual TSR2009 Vintage TSR Advanced Dungeons & Dragons First Edition Hardcover Core Rulebook by Gary Gygax Original Cover

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This excellent 112-page book was authored by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. It ushered in the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1st Edition era when it was released way back in 1979.

Wow. This book brings back lots of great memories. As far as I know, this was the first hardcover role-playing book ever released and set up a trend that continues to this day.


From the back of the tome: This book provides a complete alphabetical listing of all "monsters" encountered in the various works which comprise the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game system. It is an invaluable aid to players and Dungeon Masters alike!

For example:

Frequency: Very Rare
Number Appearing: 1
Armor Class: 2
Move: 15"
Hit Dice: 5
% In Lair: 0%
Treasure Type: Q (x3)
No. of Attacks: 1
Damage/ Attack: See below
Special Attacks: See below
Special Defenses: See below
Magic Resistance: Standard
Intelligence: Low
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Size: S (2' tall)

The quasit is the unchanged form of the familiar of a chaotic evil magic-user or cleric, just as the imp is the unchanged form of the familiar of the lawful evil magic-user or cleric. As such it is very rarely encountered except in the planes of the abyss or upon the death of its master or...


The specific copy of this historic book is the 5th print. This tome is in Good condition. The cover shows heavy corner-rounding/wear, the edges have heavy wear and it shows dents all over. There are some scratches, light scuffing, and some surface tears on the back. It is still intact and sturdy. The original owner's name appears in the front of the book along with 1982, and there is a large surface tear, some spots, and 46 has been written in the back (please see the photos). there is moderate edge and corner rounding, a few stray pen marks, lots of discolored spots, some creases, folded corners, and stray pencil marks. One of the illustrations has been colored. It is a fantastic playing copy.

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  • Item Info/Title: Monster Manual
  • Publisher/Manufacturer: TSR
  • Mfg. Code: TSR2009
  • Mfg. Number: TSR2009
  • Game System: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons First Edition
  • Author: Gary Gygax
  • No. of Pages: 112
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Year Published: 1979
  • Dimensions: 8.5"x11"x0.55"
  • Weight: 22 oz