THE SHIELD OF THE VALIANT. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1945. Octavo, pp. [1-6] [1-3] 4-511 [512: blank], original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in green and gold, fore-edge rough trimmed. First edition. Signed on the front free endpaper by Derleth. A novel set in Sac Prairie between 1936 and 1941 of a banker's son who falls in love with a lovely and free-spirited girl from the "wrong side of the tracks," as well as of other characters who appear in Derleth's "Sac Prairie People" poems. "... there are enough exciting subplots to make it a first-rate TV soap opera." - Wilson. Wilson 551. A fine copy in very good dust jacket priced $3.00 on the front flap with light wear at spine ends and corner tips. Probable first printing (first state?) dust jacket printed in light blue gray and black with photographic portrait of Derleth and mention of this book only on the rear panel. (#164381).
First printing with Scribner seal and A on copyright page.