New York: Liveright, 1933. Very Good / Good. Item #14473
New York: Liveright, 1933. First Edition. Octavo; xii, [xiii-xiv], 15-301pp. Illustrated dust jacket; book in black cloth with gilt lettering and ornamentation. Housed in custom bluish-purple cloth-covered slipcase.
Price-clipped dust jacket amateurly restored by prior owner with full backing in archival tissue and occasionally clumsy color fills and touch-ups along edges, folds, and briefly over lettering; evidence of prior shallow chips, tears, and surface scuffs, with some current fading to front panel at top and along bottom corner and some light general smudging to back. Boards faintly edgeworn with moderate nudging at spine ends. Red topstain almost entirely faded away, with a few light waterspots to top of textblock that do not bleed into pages. Binding is sound and pages unmarked. Smells of smoke when opened.
A modern black magic tale with evil reanimated dolls, and the most fun of Merritt's titles to say out loud. Basis for the 1936 Tod Browning film starring Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O'Sullivan, but *not* the basis for the 1962 British film Night of the Eagle (retitled Burn, Witch, Burn! in its US release), which itself was based on Fritz Leiber's Conjure Wife.
[Currey p. 364; Bleiler Supernatural 1160].