1944 · [Sauk City, Wisconsin]
by Whitehead, Henry S.
[Sauk City, Wisconsin]: Arkham House, 1944. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii-xii [1-3] 4-394 [395: colophon] [396: blank], original black cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. 1559 copies printed. The sixth Arkham House book. Whitehead's posthumously published first collection of weird fiction, fourteen stories including eleven of the twenty-five stories he published in WEIRD TALES between 1924 and 1933. All but one of the stories collected here "are set in the West Indies and are redolent with local color ... Whitehead was a cut above the general run of pulp writers, and his stories feature some remarkable motifs, occasionally let down by inept plotting." - Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 4-165. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-213. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1706. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-229. Early owner's signature dated 1944 at top edge of front paste-down. Mild spotting to top edge of text block, else a fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with small stain to inner surface of at lower spine end (no show through) and fading to spine panel, here less than usual. A nice copy. (#138081) (Inventory #: 138081)