THE EATER OF DARKNESS. New York: The Macaulay Company, [1929.]. Octavo, pp. [1-10] 11-238 [239-240: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original yellow cloth, front panel stamped in black and silver, spine panel stamped in silver, top edge stained yellow. First U.S. (and first hardcover) edition. The author's first book, "an ignored minor masterpiece of antirealistic fiction, a novel that deserves the attention of all students of fantasy literature." - Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature I, pp. 463. Coates' novel "quite brilliantly applies a wide arsenal of literary devices, some of them surrealistic, to the exaggeratedly spoof-like tale of a master criminal and his absurd super-weapon, which sees through solids and applies remote-control heat to kill people invisibly; beneath the spoofing and the cosmopolitan style lies a sense of horror." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 239. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 2-16; (1987) 2-18; (1995) 2-20; and (2004) II-267. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 438. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 54. Bleiler (1978), p. 45. Reginald 03107. A fine copy in fine pictorial dust jacket with hint of wear at spine ends, light dust soiling, mainly to rear panel, and a bit of sunning to spine panel (light blue ink a trifle faded). The rare wraparound advertising band with Ford Madox Ford quote is present. Overall, a stunning copy of a book rarely encountered in nice condition. (#149447).
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