New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1939. First US edition. Hardcover. Fine / Near fine. Item #20337 .
8vo. Original decorated blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, top edge stained red, fore-edge untrimmed. Small illustrations in the text by the author, end papers illustrated by Robert Lawson.
A fine, bright copy. The dust wrapper is not price-clipped and shows the original price of $2.50, thus confirming that this is the first trade edition. There is a small trace of wear along the edges, chipping at folds, a closed marginal tear at the rear of the back panel, else this is in near fine condition.
The first part of "The Once and Future King". Fantasy Literature, p. 174. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-266. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 54. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 20. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 1116. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1149-57. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 208. Reginald 15254.