THE FACE IN THE ABYSS. New York: Horace Liveright, Inc., [1931]. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [1-6] 7-343 [344-348] [note: first leaf and last two leaves are blanks], original decorated yellow cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black, top edge stained red, fore and bottom edges rough-trimmed. First edition. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Merritt on verso of section title leaf following contents leaf: "R. Vanderclock, / This has the Subtle approach / to The Dwellers / in the Mirage. / A. Merritt." "Lost race fantasy adventure novel, possibly Merritt's most imaginative and colourful." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 155. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3-41; (1995) 2-85; and (2004) II-761. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-243. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1158. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 555. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature I, pp. 504-07. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 138. Reginald 10063. Tiny, faint tape ghosts at fore-edge corners of free endpapers and corners of cloth (latter small and very faint), and minute closed tear to crown of spine panel, a near fine, bright copy in fine pictorial dust wrapper with just a touch of rubbing along front flap fold and a 7mm closed tear at bottom edge of front panel. An excellent copy of a book rarely found signed by Merritt. (#149446).

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