New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1921. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii [viii] ix-xix [xx] 1-332, original decorated light reddish brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black, running Borzoi stamped in black on rear panel, all edges trimmed. First edition, variant (probably later) binding. H. P. Lovecraft's copy with his signature at the top edge of the front free endpaper. The book was given to HPL by Samuel Loveman who has written on the endpaper: "For Howard / as a token of his Friend's esteem. S.L." Collects twenty stories by Niccolo Machiavelli, Washington Irving, Wilhelm Hauff, Nikolai Gogol, William Makepeace Thackeray, Charles Baudelaire, and others. An important early collection of Devil stories, including a number of obscure European tales. Joshi and Michard, Lovecraft's Library: A Catalogue 702. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1419. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 2-48. Bleiler (1978), p. 171. Reginald 12535. A very good copy in very good printed dust jacket with a chip from the lower spine end restored and closed tears along front spine fold and front flap fold repaired. The very fragile jacket is quite uncommon. (15529). Item #15529

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