A HUSBAND FOR KUTANI. New York: Lee Furman, Inc., . Octavo, pp. [1-8] 11-199 [200-202: blank] [note: text complete despite gap in pagination; final leaf is a blank], original yellow cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First edition. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Owen to William J. Andrews dated 15 December 1939 on front free endpaper. Collects four Oriental tales, including “Five Merchants Who Met in a Tea-House,” reprinted from a 1934 issue of THE MAGIC CARPET MAGAZINE, and “Doctor Shen Fu,” a tale of a Chinese alchemist who possesses the elixir of life. "Owen related a beautiful and exotic series of Oriental fantasies. These were not set in the real China, like those of Beck, but like Bramah, it was a China of the imagination, the one we all think exists. Owen was obsessed with color and this is clear in the many brilliant descriptive passages that embroider his tales." - Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, pp. 141-42. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-278. Bleiler (1978), p. 152. Reginald 11075. A fine copy in nearly fine pictorial dust jacket with touch of rubbing to extremities, mainly spine ends and corner tips, 17 mm closed tear at bottom edge of front panel, and sunning to spine panel. Formerly Forrest J. Ackerman's copy with his tiny plastic "A" affixed to jacket spine panel (Ackerman's method of identifying a signed book). (#95545).
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