THE RETURN OF KAI LUNG. New York: Sheridan House, . Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-319 [320: blank], original maroon cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First U.S. edition. The fourth Kai Lung book. Published earlier in Britain as THE MOON OF MUCH GLADNESS (1932). "Kai Lung is a Chinese storyteller who tells one of his tales whenever he gets into a tight spot [like Scheherezade, as Ashley points out]. Bramah's China bears about the same amount of resemblance to the real China as Walter Scott's England of Ivanhoe bears to the real English twelfth century ...." - Waggoner, The Hills of Faraway, p. 149. "The stories are mannered and playful, less moralistic than they pretend to be, and constitute a unique series of literary confections." - Barron, Fantasy Literature 3-48. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, pp. 42-3. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-48. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 982. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 827-30. Reginald 01827A. A near fine copy in very good dust jacket with rubbing and light edge wear to spine ends and front corners, rubbing to front flap fold, and light dust soiling to rear panel. (#84086).
"FIRST AMERICAN EDITION / PUBLISHED 1937" on copyright page.