THE FLAMES: A FANTASY. London: Secker & Warburg, 1947. Octavo, pp. [1-7] 8-84, original red and black marbled boards with black cloth shelf back, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. The narrator, after tossing a piece of igneous rock into his fireplace one night, finds he has liberated a fire elemental (a salamander), who proceeds to engage him in conversation on matters of great import. Presented as a long letter from a friend in an insane asylum. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1517. Bleiler (1978), p. 185. Reginald 13552. Satty and Smith A18.1.1. Owner's name and date in ink on front free endpaper, boards rubbed along lower edges, a near fine copy in very good dust jacket with light wear at head and tail of spine panel and corner tips, faded spine panel, and several closed tears and nicks at top edge of front panel. (#73966).
"First published 1947" on copyright page.