THE WHITE SYBIL (with MEN OF AVALON by David H. Keller, M.D.). Clark Ashton Smith's Own Copy. Clark Ashton SMITH.

THE WHITE SYBIL (with MEN OF AVALON by David H. Keller, M.D.). Clark Ashton Smith's Own Copy.

Everett, PA. Fantasy Publications, n.d. [1934]. First Edition. First Edition. Small octavo, publisher's original white wrappers titled in black on upper cover. [39] pp + [1] pp [ad for Marvel Tales]. CLARK ASHTON SMITH'S PERSONAL COPY, with about 14 corrections and 2 revisions in pencil and his signature in ink on the last page of his story. 500 copies printed, but only about half of these were ever bound. Of two known issues this is the state with two dots on a 22mm line (the other being three dots and 25mm). No priority has ever been assigned to the different issues but perhaps as this is Smith's copy it takes precedence. Crease in back cover, stained on front cover and margins of some pages; still, a sound, very good copy with no tears. Smith lived in a remote cabin in the Sierras with no electricity and with wood heat, the condition is as could be expected. Still, the best copy in the world, now housed in a beautiful white quarter-leather case designed & built by the noted bookbinder, Gray Parrot. Item #310822

¶ Originally titled 'The White Sybil of Polarion', Smith had submitted the story to WEIRD TALES magazine in 1932 but it was rejected. When William Crawford, who published Lovecraft's THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH under his Visionary Press imprint, solicited stories from Smith for his UNUSUAL STORIES magazine, Smith sent him THE WHITE SYBIL, which had been revised somewhat from the rejected manuscript. Crawford put this pamphlet together, pairing the Smith story up with Keller's MEN OF AVALON as he felt that both stories were too long for UNUSUAL STORIES and that he should "use them or lose them". ¶ Impeccable provenance. This copy of THE WHITE SYBIL was originally purchased from Clark Ashton Smith by bookseller (and Smith's literary executor) Roy A. Squires in the 1950's. It was offered for sale by Squires in his LIST 75-3, on the occasion of the First World Fantasy Convention in Providence, 1975. This book was item number 6 on that list, preceded by H.P. Lovecraft's own copy of THE SHUNNED HOUSE, bound for him in full leather by R.H. Barlow, Smith's own copy of THE STAR TREADER also bound in full leather, plus Smith's own copies of ODES AND SONNETS, EBONY AND CRYSTAL and SANDALWOOD.

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