NIGHT'S BLACK AGENTS. Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House, 1947. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Signed inscription by Leiber to influential F&SF critic, editor and publisher David G. Hartwell on the front free endpaper with a short creepy quote from Shakespeare's Macbeth: "Good things of day begin to droop and drowse." The author's first book. 3084 copies printed. Collects eight weird tales and two heroic fantasies, both featuring Fafhred and the Grey Mouser. The seven stories featured in "modern horrors," include "Smoke Ghost," "The Automatic Pistol" and "The Hound," three classics of urban horror, a sub-genre that Leiber helped shape. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-126. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1002. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 67 (for story "Adept's Gambit"). Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 638. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-146. A fine copy in very good dust jacket with rubbing along spine folds and front flap fold and some tanning and dust soiling to rear panel. An attractive copy. (#154702).
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