THE KINGDOM OF EVIL: A CONTINUATION OF THE JOURNAL OF FANTAZIUS MALLARE. Chicago: Pascal Covici Publisher, 1924. Octavo, pp. [1-12] 1-211 [212: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank preceding half title leaf], twelve full-page illustrations by Anthony Angarola, original decorated black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, top edge stained gold (over red), other edges untrimmed, pictorial endpapers. First edition. Limited to 2000 numbered copies of which 1900 were offered for sale by subscription only. The sequel to FANTAZIUS MALLARE: A MYSTERIOUS OATH (1922), "set in a phantasmagoric private universe in which fragments of Mallare's shattered psyche appear as characters awaiting the arrival of the god Synthemus, whose advent proves to be not quite what they had anticipated. [Both novellas are] deeply felt exercises in sarcastic fantasy which contrast very markedly with Hecht's carefully commercial and saccharine romance MIRACLE IN THE RAIN (1943)." - Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 5-133. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-170. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 109. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 535-38. Bleiler (1948), p. 146. Reginald 07024. A fine copy in fine pictorial jacket with 16 mm closed tear at lower spine end and small internal mend. A sharp copy, uncommon in this condition. (#75422).
No statement of printing on copyright page. "This edition is limited to 2000 / numbered copies of which 1900 are offered / for sale by subscription only." on limitation page.