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Dark Carnival by  Ray Bradbury - Signed First Edition - 1947 - from Idler Fine Books (SKU: 002805)

Dark Carnival

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Dark Carnival

by Bradbury, Ray

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Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1947 First printing of the first edition. Black cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt, pictorial jacket, with the publisher's printed $3.00 price in upper corner of inside front flap. 1 of just over 3000 copies printed [Bleiler, Guide to Supernatural Fiction 254; Currey, p. 55]. Signed by Ray Bradbury directly on the title page. Faint age-toning to endpapers, light crease to foot of spine, else book in fine condition; dust jacket with mild rubbing and wear, primarily to spine ends and corners, spine folds rubbed, soiling to back cover, else fine.


Ray Bradbury's first book was the short story collection Dark Carnival issued in 1947 by Arkham House in the United States. These short stories set the tone for Bradbury's future work. His eerie, sometimes disturbing stories typify Arkham House books, and give us some insight into the young Bradbury. This book reprinted many stories previously published by Bradbury in Weird Tales of November 1944 (such as "The Jar"), and other pulp magazines of the era. Several stories saw print for the first time in this edition, however. 

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Idler Fine Books US (US)
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Dark Carnival
Bradbury, Ray
Book condition
Used - Fine
Jacket condition
Very Good
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1st Edition
Arkham House
Place of Publication
Sauk City, WI
Date Published
Science Fiction. Literature, Short Stories, Horror, Author's First Book.

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