THE KING IN YELLOW.
Chambers, Robert W.
Chicago, New York: F. Tennyson Neely Publisher, 1895. First edition. Small octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-9] 10-316 [317:ad] [318: blank], original pictorial green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in brown, top edge gilt. Neat early owner's signature on front free end paper. A fine, brilliant copy. Rare in this condition. (10214). First binding, of the three printings with title pages dated 1895, this one is generally accepted as the first. There is no inserted frontispiece, page  is blank, salamander design appears on front cover, and sheets bulk 1.5 cm. The author's second book and first story collection. "One of the most important works of supernatural horror between Edgar Allan Poe and modern horror fiction." – Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, p. 739. "Surprisingly vital stories, undoubtedly the best work that Chambers did. A landmark book in abandoning the ghosts of Victorian literary tradition and concentrating on the nightmare." – Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 364. "...one of the basic documents in the history of fantastic fiction." – Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 396. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, pp. 51-2. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-12. Item #10214