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    Inscribed with Autumn Wishes

    Ray Bradbury. The October Country. New York: Ballantine Books, [1955]. First edition. Inscribed by Bradbury on the front free endpaper: "To / Bob O'Malley! / This First Edition / of "October / Country" / With Autumn / Wishes! From / Ray Bradbury [the "y" in "Bradbury" is made to resemble an arrow pointing downward] / Oct. 10, 1983." Octavo. [xii], [307], [1, blank] pages. Publisher's red cloth, spine lettered in black, dust jacket. Jacket spine quite sunned, some toning, wear and a few short tears to jacket at edges (tape repairs to verso). Cloth spine lightly sunned, some rubbing to binding, gutter facing page [i] cracked (yet still solid). Overall, a very good copy. From the collection of Bob O'Malley.

    More Information: Four stories appear here for the first time in book form, "The Dwarf," "The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse," "Touched With Fire," and "The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone." The remainder are reprinted, most with revisions, from Cark Carnival (1947). Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 259. Jones and Newman (eds), Horror: 100 Best Books 55. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1571-73. See Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-46. See Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-34 and 4-52.

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