The Doll and One Other [Helen Nearing's Copy]

The Doll and One Other [Helen Nearing's Copy]

Blackwood, Algernon; [Nearing, Helen K.; Nearing, Scott]

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Place Published: Sauk City, Wisconsin
Publisher: Arkham House
Date Published: 1946
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 6400


A Very Good copy of the first edition, first printing (some rubbing to the spine ends and board corners, some spotting and bumping to the lower portion of each board, front gutter darkened, some browning to the pastedowns and adjoining free endpapers due to the type of glue used by the binder, slight lean), in a toned dust jacket (edge rubbing, some rubbing and chipping to the spine ends, and a rub to the spine below the book's title), SIGNED (BY INITIALS) AND DATED BY THE PRIOR OWNER, HELEN K. NEARING, on the front free endpaper as follows: " HKN // June 1947" and from the collection of Nearing's friend and fellow environmentalist and author Ellen LaConte. Blackwood was one of the most prolific and best-known writers of ghost stories, and H. P. Lovecraft named Blackwood as one of the "Modern Masters" in the section of that name in "Supernatural Horror in Literature". "The Doll and One Other" contains a pair of fantasy/horror novellas, each of which was first published in this volume. As noted above, this copy belonged to Helen K. Nearing. Nearing and her husband Scott Nearing (homesteaders, social critics, international lecturers), were noted advocates of simple living and lived a virtually self-sufficient life, growing much of their own food and heating their house by a wood fire. Nearing wrote a number of books on the subject of simple living and she, along with her husband Scott Nearing, co-authored a number of works, including "Living the Good Life" and "Continuing the Good Life". The volume then belonged to the Nearing's friend and fellow-environmentalist Ellen LaConte (author the highly-regarded works "Life Rules" and "Avon".) As only 3,000 copies of the first edition of The Doll and One Other were printed, copies are not terribly common and Association Copies are, of course, quite scarce. A Very Good copy of this Algernon Blackwood work having and excellent Provenance and being SIGNED AND DATED BY HELEN NEARING AND FROM THE COLLECTION OF ELLEN LACONTE. SCARCE.

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