Dark Carnival (His First Book)
Sauk City, WI, Arkham House, 1947. First Edition with matching dates of 1947 on the title and copyright pages. And "Three thousand copies of this book have been printed." on the last page. Handsomely bound in finely woven black Novelex cloth and stamped brightly in gilt on the spine. Very clean and tight throughout; with some glue residue and related foxing to the front and rear paste-downs. Bookplate of sci-fi collector Daniel W. Lee on the front paste-down. In a heavily edge-rubbed and worn dust jacket with the price of $3.00 at the top of the front inside flap. The jacket is the creation of George Barrows, a California photographer. Chips and small pieces missing at the top and bottom of the spine ends and at the corners. Foxing along the top edge of the rear panel and the tops of the flaps. Scattered foxing to the verso of the dust jacket as well. A handsome, place-holding copy the maestro's first book. Dark Carnival was Bradbury's first published book. 3,112 copies were printed byArkham House, under the editorial direction of August Derleth. All but six of the stories had been first published elsewhere, although Bradbury revised some of the texts. Fifteen of the 27 stories were reprinted in The October Country in 1955, some in revised form. Those stories are "The Next in Line", "Skeleton", "The Jar", "The Lake", "The Emissary", "The Small Assassin", "The Crowd", "Jack-in-the-Box", "The Scythe", "Uncle Einar", "The Wind", "The Man Upstairs", "There Was an Old Woman", "The Cistern" and "The Homecoming". Of the remainder, eight have been reprinted in one or more collections. "The Traveler" and "The Coffin" are in The Stories of Ray Bradbury "The Night" is in The Stories of Ray Bradbury and The Small Assassin, a British-only collection "Let's Play 'Poison'" is in Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales andThe Small Assassin "The Tombstone" is in The Toynbee Convector and The Small Assassin "The Smiling People", "The Dead Man" and "The Handler" are in Bradbury Storiesand The Small Assassin. "The Night Sets", "The Maiden", "Reunion" and "Interim" have not been anthologized as of 2010. For many years, Bradbury did not permit Dark Carnival to be reprinted, since updated versions of many of the stories were collected as The October Country. However, a limited edition of Dark Carnival, with five extra stories and a new introduction by Bradbury, was printed by Gauntlet Press in 2001. (Wikipedia) .
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Book number: B561
USD 850.00 [Appr.: EURO 764.5 | £UK 637.5 | JP„ 92942]