THE OCTOBER COUNTRY. New York: Ballantine Books, . Octavo, cloth. First edition. Probable earliest state of the hardcover trade binding with publisher's monogram stamped upside down on spine panel (Currey binding B1). Four stories appear here for the first time in book form, "The Dwarf," "The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse," "Touched With Fire," and "The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone." The remainder are reprinted, most with revisions, from DARK CARNIVAL (1947). Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 259. Jones and Newman (eds), Horror: 100 Best Books 55. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1571-73. See Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-46. See Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-34 and 4-52. A fine copy in fine white dust jacket virtually free of soiling with tiny closed tear and associated crease at bottom edge of front panel and orange title lettering on spine panel slightly faded but quite readable. Overall, an attractive example of a jacket rarely found in nice condition. Enclosed in a quarter red leather clamshell box. (#111877).
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