RIVERS OF DAMASCUS AND OTHER STORIES. New York, London: The Century Co., . Octavo, pp. [i-viii] 1-2] 3-365 [366-368: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black, tan endpapers. First U.S. edition. Posthumously published collection of eleven stories, most written in the 1920s. The author was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Ireland, then moved back to New York to pursue a literary career, hitting the big time in 1920 with MESSER MARCO POLO. He lived beyond his means and made enemies easily, deriding America on the one hand, but being derided in turn by others as a "professional" Irishman. He died before he was 40. (See Kunitz and Haycraft, Twentieth Century Authors, p. 232-233.). BAL 2316. Private owner's bookplate affixed to the front paste-down. A fine copy in good decorated dust jacket with wear at edges, tape mends, mostly along top edge of inner surface, one external mend at upper spine end, closed tear in rear panel, and clipped price. Nevertheless, the jack presents well overall. (#162116).
First printing so stated on copyright page.