New York: Ballantine Books, [1955]. Octavo, Illustrated by Joe Mugnaini, original red cloth, lettered in black. First edition. Currey binding B1, probable first state of the trade binding with publisher's logo inverted at base of spine. This title reprints the contents of DARK CARNIVAL (1947), most with revisions and it also includes four stories collected here for the first time; "The Dwarf," "The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse," "Touched With Fire," and "The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone." See Barron: Horror Literature 3-34. Bleiler: The Guide to Supernatural Fiction #259. A nearly fine copy in a very good dust jacket with two small 10 mm closed tears to base of front panel, two tiny tears to upper front panel, light wear to the head of the spine panel with closed tears at the fold edges, mild darkening to spine panel and some fade to the orange ink of the title lettering but still quite legible. (25398). Item #25398

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