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BELLAIRS, John; GOREY, Edward (illustrator).

The House With a Clock in Its Walls.

Stock Code
104922
New York, The Dial Press, 1973
£750

The rare true first edition, of a slightly bibliographically complex publication. The book would appear to have been issued in this first printing predominantly for libaries. Amongstg the very few copies I have seen the majority have been bound in laminated boards using the dust jacket as the cover illustration. It was, at the time, a not uncommon practise to release a small number of the edition in a hard back, jacketed issue for sale in bookshop in the regular way. And this copy is one of those. The jacket has the price as issued with the bottom corner clipped by the publisher presumably to remove a rejected alternative price, or some legend of status such as 'Library Edition'. With such an uncommon book these things are hard to know with certainty. What is more than apparent is this brilliant book, which was equally brilliantly filmed, is deeply uncommon in

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First edition, first printing; 8vo; publisher's purple cloth, titles to spine gilt, brown endpapers; Gorey-designed dust jacket, a superb copy in the minimally nicked dust jacket with just a trace of fade at the spine.

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