A HANDFUL OF DARKNESS. London, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Bombay, Cape Town, New York, Toronto: Rich and Cowan, . Octavo, boards. First edition. First binding of blue boards with spine panel stamped in silver. Signed by Dick on the title page. The author's second book, first collection of short fiction, and first hardcover book. "Phil's first hardcover, a selection of early stories [written 1952-1954] published by Rich & Cowan in London. At the time Phil considered his fantasy stories to be his best, but R & C held that fantasies were for children. Only two made it: 'The Cookie Lady,' a variation on the Hansel and Gretel theme, and the haunting 'Upon the Dull Earth,' Phil's take on the Orpheus legend, with lover seeking to rescue his Eurydice from life-thirsting angels." - Sutin, Divine Invasions, p. 292. A fine copy in fine first state (no listing of WORLD OF CHANCE on rear panel), first issue ("10s. 6d. / net" at base of front flap not overprinted with new price) dust jacket with hint of rubbing to spine ends and corner tips and some mild soiling to rear panel. (#137527).
"First Published -- 1955" on copyright page.