San Francisco: A.M. Robertson, 1912. First Edition, First Printing. First Edition. Octavo, original gold-stamped buff boards in dust jacket.  pp. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper "Clark Ashton Smith, Auburn, Cal. Nov. 27th, 1912". With a later inscription by the author on the same leaf, dated a few months before his death: "For Harry Rosenberry, with sincere compliments of Clark Ashton Smith, Apr. 14th, 1961". Harry Rosenberry was Manager of the Auburn branch of the Bank of California. One section of pages (pp 53-68) has come loose and been re-inserted, several of these pages are curiously browned. A few small splits to the binding, a good copy in a fairly dusty and soiled dust jacket. This was certainly one of "several" author's copies which Smith received from the publisher A.M. Robertson on November 13, 1912. It is unclear (and there's not really any way of knowing) if Smith kept this copy for many years and gifted it to Rosenberry near the end of his lifetime or if it was given away or sold early on and showed up much later on to be gifted to Rosenberry. The condition suggests that it did spend it's life in a cabin in the wilderness, but there's no proving that it was kept in *Smith's* cabin. One of the earliest copies signed by Smith, with an additional inscription by him 49 years later. Item #310985
¶ The author's first book. According to Roy Squires in his "Catalogue One: A Bibliographical Catalogue of the largest collection ever offered for sale of the works of Clark Ashton Smith and H.P. Lovecraft" (June, 1968), Smith himself wrote in correspondence in 1952: "There was only one edition printed (2000 copies). The pale gold binding was used for part of this; later, another part was bound in pale blue. Still later, the unbound remainder of the printing (half of it, if I recall rightly) was destroyed by fire"