THE KING IN YELLOW. Robert W. Chambers.


Chicago & New York: F. Tennyson Neely Publisher, 1895. First Edition. Attractive copy of this key work of late-19th century weird and supernatural fiction, an influence on author's as wide-ranging as H.P. Lovecraft, Raymond Chandler, and Stephen King. A group of interrelated short stories, "running through many of them, though not always immediately relevant, is a consistent mythological pattern involving the Lake of Hali, Carcosa, the mystery of the Hyades, and the King in Yellow, which is a mind-destroying book and also a tattered personage of supernatural power -- all symbolic of Death and the land of lost souls" (Bleiler 364, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction). Most recently, elements of the book featured heavily into the first season of HBO's critically-acclaimed series True Detective. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, Vol.1, p.49. Item #4460

First Printing, with sheets bulking 1.5cm, no inserted frontispiece, p.[318] blank, and decorative elements stamped on front cover. Small octavo (16.5cm); sage green cloth, with titling and pictorial elements stamped in dark brown on spine and front cover; top edge gilt; [ii],[9],10-316,[2]pp. Gentle sunning to spine, mild offsetting to title page, with some light hand-soil to covers, and some trivial rubbing to spine; contents clean, with hinges sound; Very Good+.

Price: $1,850.00

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