(Baltimore, MD): "Anthem" / Jack L. Chalker & Associates (i.e., The Mirage Press). 1963. First Edition, First Printing, Deluxe Hardbound Issue. Hardcover. First edition. Quarto, 8.5 x 11 inches. Publisher's black cloth with gilt titles on spine panel. 98 pp, Illustrated. COPY NO. 9 OF 10 HARDCOVER COPIES, so designated on a typed label affxed to the front free endpaper. 387 numbered copies were printed. Ten Copies were casebound in a special edition: 2 copies for the editor, 2 copies for the publisher's file, 2 copies for persons associated with Clark Ashton Smith, and 4 copies for sale to collectors. Of that edition, this is copy #9. This copy is SIGNED BY JACK CHALKER below the limitation label. (Note: The colophon states "Approximately 450 copies of this book were printed", but the limitation label and also Chalker's own bibliography THE SCIENCE-FANTASY PUBLISHERS both confirm that the total amount was 387). A fine copy, without dust jacket, as issued. Fine. Item #310753
¶ Contents: INTRODUCTION by Ray Bradbury. CLARK ASHTON SMITH (1890-1961), a poem, by Theodore Sturgeon. THE SORCERER DEPARTS, by Donald S. Fryer. AUTOBIOGRAPHY, by CAS. AS I REMEMBER KLARKASH-TON, by George F. Haas. POET OF ETERNITY, by Litterio Farsaci (Larry Farsace). REMINISCENCES, by Ethel Heiple. THE PROSE TALES OF CLARK ASHTON SMITH, by L. Sprague de Camp. CLARK ASHTON SMITH: AN APPRECIATION by Fritz Leiber. THE WEIRD OF AVOOSL WUTHOQQUAN, by CAS. THE DEAD WILL CUCKOLD YOU, by CAS. Plus these poems by Smith, all in illustrated format: THE OLD WATER-WHEEL / CYCLES / THE VOICE IN THE PINES / DOMINIUM IN EXCELSIS / SEPTEMBER / INEFFABILITY / NEIGHBORING SLAUGHTER HOUSE (HAIKU) / THE BARRIER. A very scarce and much celebrated memorial anthology, much of the material herein has never been reprinted, and many of the poems - along with the play THE DEAD WILL CUCKOLD YOU - are printed here for the first time.