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1 Merritt, A.Burn Witch Burn! (+ mint facsimile dj). 41618
Liveright, Inc.: NY. 1933.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Fantasy novel. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-ix [x] xi-xii [xiii-xiv] 15-301 [302-304: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, top edge stained red, other edges rough-trimmed.

''BURN WITCH BURN! (1932 Argosy; expanded 1933) and its sequel, Creep, Shadow! (1934 Argosy; 1934; vt Creep, Shadow, Creep! 1935 UK), the first volume filmed as THE DEVIL DOLL (1936), comprise a short series about witchcraft and horror detection. A Merritt was influential upon the sf and fantasy world not primarily through his storylines, which tended to be unoriginal, or through the excesses of his style, but because of the genuine imaginative power he displayed in the creation of desirable alternative worlds and realities. Even though, by any absolute literary standard, Merritt's prose was verbose and sentimental, and his repeated romantic image of the beautiful evil priestess was trivial - deriving as it did from a common Victorian image of womanhood (women being either virgins or devils) - the escapist yearning for otherness and mystery that he expressed has seldom been conveyed in sf with such an emotional charge'' (John Clute & Peter Nicholls/Encyclopedia of Fantasy). ***click on the author to see an additional scan of the book itself (without the dustjacket)***

Spine lettering dulled, a VG copy (+ mint facsimile dustjacket).

Price: 95.00 GBP
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2 Merritt, A.The Metal Monster. 10739
Hippocampus Press: NY. 2002.
First edition thus (& 1st printing).
Trade paperback original.
Reprinted here for the first time as it was originally published as an eight-part serial in Argosy in 1920, restoring close to 10,000 words of text the author cut from the original: edited and with a 14-page introduction by Stefan Dziemianowicz. Full colour Virgil Finlay cover art.

Fine (as new) copy.

Price: 8.00 GBP
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3 Merritt, A.The Ship Of Ishtar. 07975
Tom Stacey Reprints: London. 1973.

Classic fantasy novel, first published in 1924.

'' (1884-1943) US journalist - latterly editor of William Randolph Hearst's American Weekly - and writer of lush fantasies which took exotic escapism to extremes unexplored even by Edgar Rice Burroughs. His fiction was among the most popular ever published in the pulp magazines, and occupied such a significant place in the reprint magazines Famous Fantastic Mysteries and Fantastic Novels as to cause the founding of a companion, A. Merritt's Fantasy Magazine (1949-1950). . THE SHIP OF ISHTAR (1924; 1926) foreshadows modern Heroic Fantasy in its use of a Secondary World and an ongoing struggle between Good and Evil, here personified as Ishtar and Nergal. The victory ultimately won by Good is pyrrhic, and the happy ending seems contrived for propriety's sake. This downbeat tendency in Merritt's work became increasingly evident, although his editors did their utmost to thwart it'' (Brian Stableford/Encyclopedia of Fantasy).

Top corners bruised, an almost fine copy in an almost fine price-clipped (Virgil Finlay) dustjacket.

Price: 15.00 GBP
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