Sauk City: Arkham House, 1971. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Octavo, original black cloth titled in gilt on spine panel. 2,118 copies printed. 403 pp. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Fine in Dust Jacket. Item #311264
¶ "Another landmark volume, whose importance to weird literature -- and perhaps to American literature in general -- cannot be over stated. Smith prepared this volume between 1944 and 1949 but never saw it published; instead, it was delayed until eight years after his death. It is the only Arkham House poetry volume published up to this time to receive a 'normal,' rather than a limited, print run -- and justly so, for Smith is far and away the leading weird poet in English and would have been recognized as a major American poet of the twentieth century if the course of American poetry had not veered toward an abandonment of strict form and meter beginning in the 1920s." - Joshi, Arkham 111.