Utpatel, Frank. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall Horror "Four thousand copies of this book have been printed by The Lakeside Press, R.R. Donnelly & Sons Company, from Linotype Garamound and printed on the Cameron book production system on 55# Dontext. The binding cloth is Holliston Black Novelex". Hardcover. 8vo. Arkham House 1975. Illustrated dustjacket by Frank Utpatel. 244 pp. Includes Mylar protective covering taped to board. Previous owner's attractive nameplate on inside front free endpaper.
Very Good. 0870540696 > DJ 1975. 243 pages. Boards show some scuffing throughout and slight bumping to the bottom of the spine. Spine is sturdy. Binding is tight. Dust jacket, covered by a Mylar sleeve, shows light rubbing to the edges. Pages are bright and clean.
Good + in Good + jacket. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" Black cloth covered boards, one upper corner lightly bumped. Book body clean, pages are age-toned. Black illustrated dust jacket with green and white titles, price intact.
Octavo, black cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, viii + 243 pp. Very Good+, with neat former-owner stamp and light smudge to ffep; in a Very Good+, mylar protected dust jacket with lightly rubbed edges. From dust jacket: This long awaited volume Xelucha and Others by Matthew Phipps Shiel (1865-1947) was announced for publication years ago. Shiel, an old friend of August Derleth, especially revised Xelucha for this collection. Here are such stories as The House of Sounds, which H. P. Lovecraft considered his undoubted masterpiece, a tale of Scandinavian horror on a sub-arctic island; The Primate of the Rose, another story of condign punishment in the Poe tradition; The Tale of Henry and Rowena and The Bride, ghost stories in which the motivating force is vengeance; The Pale Ape, bearing kinship of a sort to the tale of lycanthropy; and the lead story, a hideous description of decay and corruption from beyond the grave. Chance and the inevitable play a large part in the cosmos created by Shiel. His characters are larger than life, motivated sometimes by curiosity, more often by revenge, a misguided sense of justice, or by the external forces of society, nature, or the supernatural. melodramatic and silly as many of his plots may sound in the summarizing, there is somehow, as in all great writers, stimulating experience in his work, due to the exceeding skill with which he manipulates his material. As Richard Strauss puts it, his unique style is stamped with a white-hot enthusiasm...
Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket. 0870540696. Hardcover in dust jacket. Light shelfwear to cloth and dust jacket. No internal markings, underlining, or owner's signatures.; 8 X 5.70 X 1.20 inches; 243 pages.
Very Good + in N-Fine jacket. Collection A square solid tight clean un-read copy. This copy has some edgewear, possibly moisture, to last half inch of the last 10 pages just at the heel of the spine, one page has got a very short corner fold. The 6.50 jacket has some soil to the rear panel.
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