(#163511) A HUSBAND FOR KUTANI. Frank Owen.

A HUSBAND FOR KUTANI. New York: Lee Furman, Inc., [1938]. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 11-199 [200-202: blank] [note: text complete despite gap in pagination; final leaf is a blank], original yellow cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black, all edges trimmed. First edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Owen on the front free endpaper: "To S. W. Fraser, / With the compliments / of William F. Kelleher, / and the best wishes / of / Frank Owen / Dec. 14 / 39." Collects four Oriental tales, including “Five Merchants Who Met in a Tea-House,” reprinted from a 1934 issue of THE MAGIC CARPET MAGAZINE, and “Doctor Shen Fu,” a tale of a Chinese alchemist who possesses the elixir of life. "Owen related a beautiful and exotic series of Oriental fantasies. These were not set in the real China, like those of Beck, but like Bramah, it was a China of the imagination, the one we all think exists. Owen was obsessed with color and this is clear in the many brilliant descriptive passages that embroider his tales." - Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, pp. 141-42. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-278. Bleiler (1978), p. 152. Reginald 11075. Bookplate of Cecilia Oster affixed to the front paste-down. A fine copy in good pictorial dust jacket with wear along top and bottom edges, shallow loss at spine ends and corner tips, rubbing along folds, sunning to spine panel, and clipped price. (#163511).

Price: $100.00

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