COUNTRY GROWTH. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940. Octavo, pp. [1-14] 1-322 [note: first leaf is a blank], original blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in light orange and black, fore-edge rough trimmed, top edge stained light orange. First edition. Twenty stories and novellas of Wisconsin farm and small town life. Part of Derleth's Sac Prairie Saga. These stories selected by Derleth are the shorter works which he considers outstanding. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Derleth to fellow midwesterner Phil Stong on the front free endpaper: "To Phil Stong / with admiration and regard. / Cordially, / August Derleth." Philip Duffield Stong (1899-1957), an American journalist and novelist, born in Iowa, compiled the first modern fantasy and science fiction anthology, THE OTHER WORLDS (1941). His most successful novel was STATE FAIR (1932), adapted as three feature films, a stage musical and a television movie. Wilson 539. Fore-edge of rear free endpaper stained, some patchy discoloration to spine, a very good copy in very good dust jacket with light matching stains on rear panel, light wear along top and bottom edges, and shallow loss at upper spine end. A fine association copy. (#164321).
First printing with Scribner's seal and A on copyright page.