FANTAZIUS MALLARE: A MYSTERIOUS OATH. Chicago: Covici-McGee, 1922. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9  11-18 [19-20] 21-174 [175-176: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], ten inserted plates with illustrations by Wallace Smith as well as headpiece for dedication and decorative initial capital letters for each chapter, original decorated black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, all edges untrimmed, red endpapers. First edition. Limited to 2025 numbered copies, of which 2000 were for sale. Published for private circulation. A notorious book that was rigidly suppressed when first published and its illustrator imprisoned on charges of obscenity (see Sullivan [ed], The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 394). "... it is a remarkable volume ... an amazing study of the real and unreal in human sex desire, the actual and the imaginary becoming weirdly entangled." - Bennett, A Practical Guide to American Book Collecting, p. 222. "A brilliant novella." - Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-170. The illustrations are no less remarkable than the text. Together, they present one of the most vivid explorations of madness, horror and ecstasy. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 108. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 535-38. Bleiler (1948), p. 146. Reginald 07023. Gold stamping a bit dull, mild scuff mark on rear cover, a very good copy of a book that does not tend to age well. (#160135).
"Limited edition for private circulation only, / consisting of two thousand and twenty-five / numbered copies. Only two thousand copies / for sale. Published September 1922" on colophon page.