7 FOOTPRINTS TO SATAN. New York: Boni and Liveright, 1928. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v [vi-viii] 9-310 [311-312: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original tan cloth, front panel stamped in red and gold, spine panel stamped in red, top edge stained red. First edition. A mystery thriller in the mode of Sax Rohmer concerning Satan, an unusual criminal mastermind who rules a band of thieves bound to his service by an elaborate game. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 558. In 333. Bleiler (1948), p. 199. Reginald 10068. Hubin (1994), p. 569. A bright, nearly fine copy in very good pictorial dust jacket with light damp stains to flaps and along fore edge of rear panel and considerable restoration by a paper conservator (mostly removal of old tape, re-coloring of rubbed areas, and chips at edges replaced in facsimile, latter mostly at spine ends. One of Merritt's more uncommon titles, especially in jacket. Hannes Bok's copy with his rubber stamped "Property of / Hannes Bok" on front free endpaper. Bok (1914-1964), a writer and illustrator, wrote very much in the style of Merritt. He provided endings for two unfinished Merritt stories, "The Black Wheel" and "The Fox Woman" (Bok's contribution to the latter being "The Blue Pagoda"). A fine association copy. (#149250).
First printing has "B&L" monogram on copyright page and no statement of printing. Second and third printings are so marked.