VATHEK ... With an Introduction by Ben Ray Redman. Illustrated by Mahlon Blaine. New York: The John Day Company, 1928. Large octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-viii] ix-xx [1-2] 3-229 [230: colophon] [231-234: blank], illustrations by Mahlon Blaine, original decorated green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold, top edge stained gray, fore-edge untrimmed, pictorial endpapers. First printing of this edition. New introduction by Ben Ray Redman. "VATHEK is undoubtedly the finest European imitation of the ARABIAN NIGHTS. No one else has been able to create the bizarre detail, the curious blend of the ludicrous and the horrible, the tongue-in-cheek wryness of VATHEK. It is still very much worth reading." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 26-7. "A work of great beauty, ingenuity, and imaginative perception, Beckford's VATHEK is a milestone of Romantic art and a tower to be climbed by all who wish to discover the outer limits of fantasy." - Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 2023-28. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, pp. 29-30. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 1-8. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 1-6. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 119. Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, pp. 139-44. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 3. Summers, A Gothic Bibliography, p. 543. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 1-25. In 333. A fine copy in good pictorial dust jacket designed by Blaine with chipping along top edges, mainly front and spine panels, with tape mends to same, and tanned spine panel, with the publisher's paper box which is worn and taped. Scarce in dust jacket. (#162882).
"FIRST PUBLISHED, NOVEMBER, 1928" on copyright page.