New York: Grove Press, 1962. First American Edition. An early collection of short fiction by the Argentine author, collecting 19 stories translated by Anthony Kerrigan, Alastair Reid, Anthony Bonner, Helen Temple, and others. First published by Editorial Sur in 1944, the collection remains a towering work of Latin American literature, and among Borges's most influential works. "Borges has no equal as a modern writer of contes philosophiques and these early works, a crucial contribution to that neglected genre, are a landmark of twentieth-century literature" (Barron, Fantasy Literature: A Reader's Guide, 3-43). Becco 267. Item #4913
First Printing. Octavo (21cm); mustard yellow and sage green paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in green on spine; sage green topstain; dustjacket; ,7-174,pp. Spine ends gently bumped, contemporary gift inscription to front endpaper, else a clean Near Fine copy. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $3.50), with some minimal rubbing to spine ends and panels; about Near Fine.