New York: The John Day Company, 1931. First Edition. Scarce anthology of horror and weird fiction selected by Hammett himself, for which he provides a 3pp introduction. Notable contributions include William Faulkner's "A Rose For Emily," "The Music of Eric Zann" by H.P. Lovecraft, and Donald Wandrei's "The Red Brain," with stories by John Collier, André Maurois, Philip MacDonald, and Frank Belknap Long, et al. Layman supplies no information regarding the size of the print run, but a second printing was issued some 4 months later by the Tudor Publishing Company. An elusive Hammett item, particularly in dustjacket. Layman A5.1.a; Petersen B1b. Item #4292
First Printing. Thick octavo (19.5cm); black cloth, with titles stamped in green on spine and front cover; green topstain; dustjacket; ,525,pp. Spine ends gently nudged, topstain dulled, with a nearly invisible repair to lower rear hinge; contents clean; Very Good+ to Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.50), lightly shelfworn and dust-soiled overall, with a small stain to lower rear panel, shallow loss to upper front joint, and several closed tears neatly mended on verso; Very Good+.