KHALED: A TALE OF ARABIA. London and New York: Macmillan and Co., 1891. Octavo, pp. [1-4]  2-258 [259-260: ads], original tan cloth, front and spine panels stamped in red and black. First U.S. edition. "Oriental fantasy modeled on the Arabian Nights." - Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-36. BAL identifies two bindings for this edition, terming copies bound in tan cloth "presumed to be the edition prepared for export and publication in the United States" and copies in blue cloth "presumed to be the second English edition." However, copies in blue cloth are more frequently encountered in the U.S. and publisher's ads on pages [259-260] list books priced in dollars. The first of Crawford's two most important fantastic novels, an oriental fantasy modeled on the Arabian Nights. "Demonstrating his detailed knowledge of the Near East, it compares favorably with the original Arabian Nights and William Beckford's Vathek."- Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 100-01. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 59. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-36. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 261. Bleiler (1978), p. 52. Reginald 03544. BAL 4166 (binding A). Not in Wright. Several library ink stamps on preliminaries, top edge dusty, binding slightly cocked, spine a little faded, spine edge a little rubbed as are spine ends, a very good copy. (#125854).