THE SHIP OF ISHTAR. New York, London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1926. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-iv] v-vi 1  3-326 [327-328: blank] [note: final leaf is a blank], original red-brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in yellow. First edition. Merritt's second book. Although Wentz notes "several printings" and G. Gordon Dewey in FANTASY ADVERTISER, December 1948 notes five "printings," there was but a single printing. "... Putnam had been unable to sell a pitifully small edition of a thousand copies of THE SHIP OF ISHTAR in book form and the sheets for the last three hundred copies were finally purchased by Munsey, and were bound and distributed to readers of ARGOSY-ALL-STORY Magazine." - Sam Moskowitz, Explorers of the Infinite (Cleveland: World, 1963), p. 203. This book is found in numerous variant bindings, no priority established, this copy bound in red-brown mesh weave cloth with yellow stamping and top edge not stained. "... the most fully realized of all his fantasies." - Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 36. "The most romantic of Merritt's works. Very uneven as a novel. Sometimes fascinating, sometimes dull; pretentious, yet with a knowing wink of humor now and then; finely imagined, if not always executed." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1157. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3-42. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, pp. 130-31. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-246. Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, pp. 838-39. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 559. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 156. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 746. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1407-11. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, p. 140. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 138. Reginald 10070. Currey, p. 365 (binding C). Bottom rear corner mildly bruised, else a fine copy in nearly fine pictorial dust jacket with a bit of wear along top and bottom edges, mainly at head and tail of spine panel and corner tips, some rubbing along folds, and light dust soiling to rear panel. A very attractive example of this scarce jacket. (#149291).
No statement of printing on copyright page.