"This booklet was prepared as a supplementary study and reading guide by the University Library Service and is recommended for students in the Departments of Xeno-ethnology, Alien Anthropology, and Comparative Cultural Psychology." Ascribed to the "Imperial University of Terra", it was actually written, illustrated, and edited by Diana L. Paxson "in close collaboration with Marion Zimmer Bradley". Later editions included a section called "Fashions from the Hellers", which was drawn (with sketchy notes) by Jane Sibley, not in close collaboration.

As a guide to creating Darkovan costuming, it is sufficient for starters, but more variety - and some notes on who wore tartans (which is scarcely mentioned on page 12), in what colors, for what articles of clothing, and under what circmstances - is greatly to be wished.