THE HEADS OF CERBERUS. Reading, Pa. Polaris Press, 1952. Octavo, leather-backed cloth. First edition. 1500 copies printed, of which this is number eight of ten numbered copies specially bound in quarter red leather and gray cloth. The first of the two Polaris Press books. Introduction by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach. Fantasy (in the style of A. Merritt who was once credited with this pseudonym) set in 2118 in Philadelphia where city government has evolved into a religious tyranny. Reprinted from a 1919 Street & Smith pulp, THE THRILL BOOK, this novel is considered to be the first work of fantasy to envisage the parallel time concept. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1085. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 163. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 718-19. Several small scuffs to spine panel, else a fine copy in publisher's paper slipcase without dust jacket as issued. (#163364).
"This First Edition of 'The Heads of Cerberus' by / Francis Stevens is Volume One of The Polaris Fantasy / Library. Fifteen hundred copies have been printed and / numbered, and the type has been distributed. Fourteen / hundred and ninety copies have been offered for sale by sub- / scription only. Ten additional copies have been printed / as a Special Edition, numbered and bound in half / leather. / Of the Special Edition, this is No. ___" on colophon page.