Buenos Aires: Ediciones Tor, 1935. First Edition. The first volume of Borges's short stories and a cornerstone work of magical realism, the contents written between 1933-34 and published in the Argentine newspaper Crítica. "A chronicle of the lives of famous villains like Billy the Kid and the Tichborne Claimant and of little-known rascals, peppered with challenging and delightful apocrypha. The volume also includes his first story, "The Street Corner Man," and other short tales" (Barron, Fantasy Literature: A Reader's Guide 4A-42). Becco 25. Item #5499
First Impression. Octavo (18.75cm); original printed wrappers with French flaps; ,5-139,pp. Subtle toning and dustiness to wrappers, light wear to extremities, with a small hole to lower margin of front wrapper, and scattered foxing to preliminary and terminal leaves; Very Good+. Housed in a custom clamshell case and chemise.