The King in Yellow.Chicago & New York, F. Tennyson Neely, 1895 Stock Code: 139919
NotesFirst edition of this collection of short stories, the second book from American author Robert W. Chambers (1865-1933). Bleiler called The King in Yellow "a mind destroying book" (Bleiler) and "one of the most important works of supernatural horror between Edgar Allan Poe and modern horror fiction" (Bleiler, Supernatural Fiction Writers, p. 739). Of the three printings with title pages dated 1895, this is accepted as the first, with the following points: lizard design to front cover, no inserted frontispiece, page 318 is blank, and the sheets bulk at 15 mm.
Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and front board brown, lizard design to front board brown, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
One leaf of publisher's advertisements at the rear.
Bookplate of Richard M. Moore to front pastedown. Spine somewhat darkened, some mild dust-soiling and a few minor marks to cloth, light rubbing to extremities, superficial cracking to endpapers inside front hinge but nonetheless sound, a very good copy, internally clean and the cloth still retaining its attractive colour.
Bleiler, Supernatural Fiction 364; Bleiler, ed. Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, 1985.
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