THE OCTOBER COUNTRY. New York: Ballantine Books, . Octavo, cloth. First edition. Probable second state of the hardcover trade binding with publisher's monogram stamped correctly on spine panel (Currey binding B2). 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. Touch of rubbing to cloth at spine ends, a very good or better copy in very good dust jacket with some moderate dust soiling to white background, otherwise the front panel is nice and bright, spine panel title lettering a bit faded as usual but still quite readable, and light shelf wear to spine ends. (#126610).
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