THE DARK COMMAND: A KANSAS ILIAD. New York, London: Alfred A. Knopf, 1938. Octavo, pp. [1-12] [1-2] 3-396 [397: blank] [398: colophon] [399-404: blank], original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in red, running Borzoi stamped in red on rear panel, top edge stained red. First edition. A historical novel set during the American Civil War on the Kansas-Missouri border. William Quantrill, under the name Polk Cantrell, is the leading character of the novel. Four-page leaflet printing Burnett's "A Note on The Dark Command" laid in. Basis for the Academy Award nominated 1940 film directed by Raoul Walsh with John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Claire Trevor, and Walter Pidgeon. Small spot on top edge stain, a very good copy. (#159506).
First edition so stated on copyright page.