SKULL-FACE AND OTHERS - WITH AN ORIGINAL PENCIL SKETCH BY HANNES BOK TIPPED IN
Place Published: Sauk City
Publisher: Arkham House
Date Published: 1946
Edition: First Edition
Book Id: 540
First Printing, one of 3004 copies printed. Octavo (24cm); black cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 474, pp. Tasteful bookplage to front pastedown, based of spine gently nudged, with a shallow bump to upper edge of rear board; hint of foxing to top edge; Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $5.00), with a single 1/4" closed tear at upper left joint corner and a small, faint dampstain to rear flap; bright, unfaded, Near Fine example. Though not called for, tipped into this copy is an original, unsigned pencil sketch of Hannes Bok's 'Fox Woman,' likely an early preliminary version Bok toyed with. Lead pencil on light brown tracing paper, tipped in between the first blank and the half-title page.
Howard's posthumous first book published in the U.S., a collection of fantasy stories featuring Conan, King Kull, Bran Mak Morn, and Solomon Kane; many of these first appeared within the pages of Weird Tales in the 1930's. Foreword by August Derleth, with memoriams by H.P. Lovecraft and E. Hoffmann Price. A bright copy of an important debut and a key Arkham House title, with original artwork bound in. Provenance: From the collection of Jerry Weist. Bleiler (1978 ed.), p.104.