A. Merritt. The Black Wheel. Completed and Illustrated by Hannes Bok. New York: New Collectors' Group, 1947.

    Limited first edition. Number 719 of 1000. Quarto. 115 pages, with title page illustration and five full-page illustrations throughout.

    Pebbled black cloth with gilt lettering on cover. Corners and spine ends bumped; spine ends show light rubbing. Faint wear on verso board. Leaves show overall age toning; text is clean and unmarked. No dust jacket. At one time a major influence on H.P. Lovecraft, Merritt died before finishing The Black Wheel. His friend and frequent collaborator Hannes Bok then took up the work, adding 65,000 words to Merritt's original 20,000, and creating dramatic artwork to accompany Merritt's story about a clipper ship that is "sucked into the vortex of hell."

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