[Auburn, California]: [The Author]. . First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY From Smith to Fellow 'Lovecraft Circle' author Donald Wandrei, quoting several lines from Baudelaire's LES FLEURS DU MAL: " For D.A. Wandrei, from the author. Il est des parfums frais comme des chairs d'enfants... — Et d'autres, corrompus, riches et triomphants, Ayant l'expansion des choses infinies. Oct. 25th, 1925". Octavo, original green paper wrappers stamped in gilt on the upper cover. 1 of 250 numbered copies, signed by the author, this being copy No. 9. With a few corrections throughout in the author's hand, as in most copies. Lower corners slightly knocked, two small edge-tears to overhanging yapp edges of the binding, a beautiful, nearly fine copy. Housed in a folding clamshell case with green leather spine titled in gilt, finely made especially for this copy by Gray Parrot. Item #310791
¶ A major association copy - Wandrei paid half the printing costs to see SANDALWOOD through the press. A legendary rarity, and the most difficult of Smith's early poetry books to acquire. Wandrei was a correspondent of both Clark Ashton Smith and H.P. Lovecraft, he wrote tales for the pulp magazines (including WEIRD TALES) and was the co-founder of ARKHAM HOUSE with August Derleth in 1939. Wandrei died in 1987, this copy came from his estate and has the posthumous "From the Library of Donald Wandrei" bookplate loosely laid in.