THE KING IN YELLOW ... Foreword by Rupert Hughes. New York, London: D. Appleton-Century Company Incorporated, 1938. Octavo, [i-viii] ix-xiv [1-2] 3-273 , original red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and black. The "Memorial Edition." First printing with code "(1)" on page . This memorial edition, with a six-page foreword by Rupert Hughes, was published five years after Chambers' death. It omits one story ("The Court of the Dragon") from the first edition of 1895. The collection was Chambers' second book and his first collection of short fiction. It made an immediate sensation but has also stood the test of time. "One of the most important works of supernatural horror between Edgar Allan Poe and modern horror fiction." - Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, p. 739. "Surprisingly vital stories, undoubtedly the best work that Chambers did. A landmark book in abandoning the ghosts of Victorian literary tradition and concentrating on the nightmare." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 364. "... one of the basic documents in the history of fantastic fiction." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 396. According to Sargent (Additions), “The Opening of the Chamber” has eutopian elements. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, pp. 51-2. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-12. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 49. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 74-6. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 844-47. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 59. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-49. Bleiler (1978), p. 41. Reginald 02815. Gutter margins of paste-downs tanned, else a fine copy in very good dust jacket with wear along top and bottom edges with just a bit of shallow loss at spine ends and corner tips and fade to brown lettering on spine panel. A nice copy. (#159814).
First printing has code "(1)" on page .