DEBITS AND CREDITS. Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1926. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-vi [vii-viii] 1-354, title page printed in red and black, original pictorial green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold. First U.S. edition. A mixed collection consisting of twenty-one poems and fourteen stories, including six which are fantasy or science fiction: "The Enemies to Each Other," "The Wish House," "A Madonna of the Trenches," "On the Gate: A Tale of '16," "The Eye of Allah" and "The Gardener." Perhaps Kipling's finest collection of short fiction. "The Wish House," one of the most highly regarded of all Kipling's many short stories, is, according to his biographer Angus Wilson, "probably Kipling's most successful single story." Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 959. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1235 (incorrectly recording "The Eye of Allah" as collected in A Diversity of Creatures ). Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, p. 541. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, p. 670. Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, p. 2054. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 307. Bleiler (1978), p. 115. Stewart 520. A fine copy in very good pictorial dust jacket with chip from the head of the spine panel affecting one word of the title, some shallow chipping along top and bottom edges, and several closed tears along folds. The rare orange advertising band is present. Unlike the UK first, the American edition is uncommon in jacket. (#8274).
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