THE SMOKING LEG AND OTHER STORIES. Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1926. Octavo, pp. [1-10] 1-296 [note: title leaf is a tipped in single leaf], title page printed in green and black, original orange cloth, front and spine panels stamped in green, top edge stained yellow green. First U.S. edition. Metcalfe's first book, collecting eighteen stories including the classic horror tale "The Smoking Leg." "British writer of subtle, finely crafted supernatural tales, many of them about lonely misfits out of step with their times... Metcalfe's stories, typically, rely upon fragments of letters, snatches of half-remembered conversation, liquor-dulled reminiscences, murky dreams, fleetingly described photographs, and veiled references to messages never actually quoted." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 290. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-147. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1168. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 156. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 290-91. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-179. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 364. Bleiler (1978), p. 138. Reginald 10083. A fine copy in nearly fine pictorial dust jacket (striking illustration by Juan Oliver on the front panel) with some mild dust soiling. A fresh, attractive example of this rare jacket. (#130401).
First edition so stated on copyright page.