Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials: Great Aliens from Science Fiction Literature - Marshall Vian Summers;Wayne Douglas Barlowe;Beth Meacham Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials was my introduction to a variety of SF authors, including Jack Vance, F.M. Busby and A.E. van Vogt.

It's another one of those lost treasures that I neglected to retrieve from my Mother's house :-(