New York & London: G.P. Putnam's Sons. . 1919. First Edition, First Impression. Octavo, original red cloth stamped in gold on spine and front panel, all edges trimmed. 433 pp, +  pp of publishers notices at rear. Black & white frontispiece by Joseph Clement Coll. The first issue binding - sheets bulk 3.2 cm, "Putnam" set in upper and lower case letters at base of spine, no ad on page . Formerly, noted fantasy artist Virgil Finlay's copy, with his self-designed and illustrated bookplate "Ex-Libris Beverly and Virgil Finlay" on the front endpaper. Virgil Finlay illustrated THE MOON POOL when it appeared in 'Famous Fantastic Mysteries' magazine (under the title 'The Conquest of The Moon Pool') in 1939-40; he also illustrated a number of Merritt's other works, notably THE SHIP OF ISHTAR, which was issued as a Memorial Edition in 1949 by Borden Publishers of New York with three full-page black & white plates by Finlay. This is an excellent copy - there is a slight bit of discolouration to the cloth on the front cover & the spine, and the inner rear hinge has been neatly mended. A very good copy, tight and bright. Item #311877
¶ Lost race fantasy novel. Through a doorway in ancient ruins in the south seas to an underground land and a strange civilization. One of the most historically important works of early American pulp science-fiction and fantasy, considered to be a major influence - both in style and theme - on H.P. Lovecraft's story 'The Call of Cthulhu' (1928, written in 1926). The novel as published here is a fusing of "The Moon Pool" (ALL-STORY WEEKLY, 22 July 1918) and its sequel "The Conquest of the Moon Pool" (ALL-STORY WEEKLY, 15 February-22 March 1919).