first edition Hardcover
1947 (c.1944) · New York
by Wise, Herbert A., and Phyllis Fraser, eds.
New York: The Modern Library. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj. 1947 (c.1944). First Edition Thus. Hardcover. (price-clipped) [a good sound copy with very slight bumping to the upper corners, a bit of soiling to covers, a little wrinkling in the cloth along the right edge of the front cover, and a one-time owner's name and address rubber-stamped on both pastedowns; the vividly-colored jacket is exceptionally nice, with only minor edgewear and some faint soiling to the rear panel, and NO fading whatsoever to the spine]. (Modern Library Giant, G72) Series A very attractive copy of this outstanding 1,080-page collection of 52 classic tales, representing the work of more than 40 individual authors. The usual suspects are here (Edgar Allan Poe, H.G. Wells, W.W. Jacobs, H.P. Lovecraft, John Collier and the like), but there are quite a few contributions from writers that one doesn't automatically associate with the genre, notably William Faulkner, Thomas Hardy, O. Henry, E.F. Benson, E.M. Forster, and Isak Dinesen. ****NOTE that this is the true first printing of the Modern Library Giant edition, stated as such on the copyright page and further confirmed by: the inclusion of this title as the last entry in the list of Modern Library Giants on the verso of the dust jacket; the correct binding style (G5, gray cloth with the spine and front cover both bearing the ML torchbearer symbol embossed in gold on a colored oval); and the correct rear-jacket panel style (Gd, in use between 1942 and 1954). Accept no substitutes! ****NOTE, further, that additional postage costs will be assessed for international shipping of this moderately heavy book; if this concerns you, please contact us for a shipping quote before placing your order.**** . (Inventory #: 26798)