THE CHECKLIST OF FANTASTIC LITERATURE. Chicago: Shasta Publishers, 1948. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-xiii [xiv] xv-xvii [xviii] xix [xx] [1-2] 3-455 [456-460: blank] [note: last two leaves are blanks], cloth. First edition. A presentation copy with contemporary signed inscription by Bleiler to Samuel A. Peeples on front free endpaper: "To / Samuel A. Peeples / with / thanks for your help & cooperation / E. F. Bleiler. Additionally inscribed in January 1996 by Melvin Korshak, Shasta's co-publisher and author of the Checklist's foreword: "For Sam --- / and memories of over 50 years -- / on the occasion / of my visit / to Santa Rosa / with Steve. / Melvin Korshak." Samuel A. Peeples, a major Hollywood scriptwriter, had an extensive collection of popular fiction. The pioneer bibliographical checklist of science fiction, fantasy, and horror literature. The checklist, based on seven years of research, records approximately 5300 books and pamphlets with emphasis on English-language prose works (including translations) published from 1764 (Walpole's The Castle of Otranto) through early 1948. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) 7-1. Burgess, Reference Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror 178. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with some age-darkening, mostly internal, but with mild show through on spine panel and edges of flap folds. A fine association copy. (#163544).
First edition so stated on copyright page.