FIFTY-ONE TALES. London: Elkin Mathews, 1915. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-viii 1-111 [112: printer's imprint] [note: first leaf is a blank], inserted frontispiece with photographic portrait of the author, original gray boards with gray linen shelf back, front and spine panels stamped in black, all edges untrimmed. First edition. Dunsany's "prismatic cities and unheard-of rites are touched with a sureness which only mastery can engender, and we thrill with a sense of actual participation in his secret mysteries." - Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature, p. 100. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-123. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 578. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 74. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, p. 78. Bleiler (1978), p. 65. Reginald 04612. Anderson 9.a.1. Boards a bit bowed and age-darkened at edges and lightly worn at corner tips (as is often the case with this fragile binding), free endpapers lightly toned, a very good copy. Affixed to the paste-down of this copy is the bookplate (done in the style of Beardsley) of H. M. Walford, a noted theater critic of Dunsany's time, and author of works on J. M. Barrie and Gilbert and Sullivan. It's more than likely that Walford and Dunsany, a playwright among many other things, knew each other. A nice association copy. (#75197).