Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1947. First Edition. Bradbury's first book, a colllection of 27 stories, "mostly supernatural but with a few contes cruels, including the consummately repulsive taphephobic fantasy "Interim"...The collection stands at the head of a tradition in modern American horror fiction which combined stylistic deftness with a determination to deal forthrightly with the previously unthinkable – a tradition boldly carried forward by writers like Charles Beaumont and Fritz Leiber" (Barron, Horror Literature 3-34). Item #6925
First Printing, one of 3,000 copies. Octavo (19.75cm); black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; [viii],,4-313,pp. Signed by Bradbury (ca.late 1980s) on the front endpaper. Tiny booksellers ticket to rear pastedown, else Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket, unclipped (priced $3.00), with some trivial wear to spine ends and extremities, and a hint of dustiness to rear panel – a pretty copy, without the usual heavy wear and sunning to spine.