(#95546) A HUSBAND FOR KUTANI. Frank Owen.

A HUSBAND FOR KUTANI. New York: Lee Furman, Inc., [1938]. 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 fantasy artist Virgil Finlay dated 27 August 1938 on front free endpaper. Later signed inscription by Finlay to noted collector Gerry de la Ree under Owen's inscription. 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. Some ghosting of title and design from jacket on book's front panel, else a fine copy in about near fine pictorial dust jacket with touch of rubbing along top and bottom edges and front spine fold and some fading to blue background ink (a fault common to this jacket). A nice association copy. (#95546).

Price: $250.00

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