The Satanist.

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The Satanist.

London, Hutchinson, 1960.
A first edition of one of the most well-known horror books by Dennis Wheatley, numbered alongside The Devil Rides Out (1935), The Haunting of Toby Jugg (1948) and To the Devil - A Daughter (1953) amongst his canon of diabolical & devilish tales. The inscription on the title-page is to his friend Thomas Joy, whom he met when the latter was manager of the Harrods books department. Joy was an influential figure in the book world, a well-regarded authority on obscene publications, and author of several works on bookselling, including The Right Way to Run a Literary Business (1949), Bookselling (1953), The Truth about Bookselling (1964) and The Bookselling Business (1974).

The wrap-around dust-jacket artwork (also used in part for the pictorial cloth design) is by Sax, a prolific jacket artist of the 20th century.


First edition, signed presentation copy from the author; 8vo; mild foxing to endpapers; publisher's cloth with night-time scene, dust-jacket with wrap-around illustration by Sax, some general light rubbing and edge-wear but overall an attractive example. The author's friend, one-time Harrods Head Librarian, Thomas "Tommy" Joy (dedicatee)


Stock ID: 99284

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