- Full Description
True first, the numbered edition. There was a second edition with no numbering and a pictorial cover, this has just the two-line title on the jacket, and a small gold vignette on the cover itself. #1723 of 2025 books printed. Untrimmed edges. Red endpapers. Ten pen and ink drawings (and a few page illustrations throughout) by Wallace Smith, each full page illustration protected by tissue page. Wild artwork, some plates strangely erotic, nudity. All the plates are probably online, they are quite famous. A suppressed book - with a history.
"Limited edition for private circulation only, consisting of two thousand and twenty-five numbered copies. Only two thousand copies for sale. Published September 1922".
Wallace Smith didn't do many books but each one is collectible. The sequel to this, Kingdom of Evil, also by Hecht, is sadly not blessed with the same artwork by Smith. An interesting sidenote, Smith did a far more widely available book, Oregon Sketches. If any fan of Frank Frazetta examines the art there, they will see that, at least to me and other Frazetta fans, that Frank's style obviously was inspired by Smith's well-known work. It looks very much like Frazetta drawings.
Online copies, not as nice as this one, start at $400 then jump to $500 and up.
Note: This is an out of print, used and/or rare item. Very Fine in a Fine jacket. Book edges are yellowed from age. Jacket has wringkles at the top and one quarter inch tear on the inside flap.
- Additional Information
Item Code RB789 Publisher Covici-McGee Publish Date 1922 Print Status Out of Print Condition Fine in a fine jacket. Scarce thus. Letter on the book and jacket spine may be very slightly faded or just lightly printed in a light yellow-gold. Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 175pg Color Text/b&w