DARK OF THE MOON: POEMS OF FANTASY AND THE MACABRE. Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House, 1947. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii-xiii [xiv-xv] xvi [1-3] 4-418 [419: colophon] [420: blank], original black cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Signed inscription by Derleth to Robert Briney on the front free endpaper. 2634 copies printed. "The single most vital volume in any collection of supernatural verse. Lengthy, rich, and representative; 64 poets, 210 poems ... A milestone volume ... an influence upon the emerging Small Press poets (late 1960s-1980s)." - Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 6-15. Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 8-48. Private owner's bookplate affixed to front paste-down (hidden by front flap). Spine ends a little bumped, some age-darkening to text block, a very good copy in very good first state dust jacket (printed in green and black and priced "$3.00" on front flap) with rubbing spine ends and corner tips, mild shelf wear with shallow loss at upper right front corner and lower spine end, and rubbing along front spine fold. (#138519).
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