Monday, December 8, 2008

TALES FROM UNDERWOOD David H. Keller Arkham House First

TALES FROM UNDERWOOD David H. Keller Arkham House First - eBay (item 310106091166 end time Dec-08-08 17:59:49 PST)

This vintage first edition hard cover book with dust jacket is Tales From Underwood A Collection of the Best Fantastic Stories by David H. Keller, published in 1952 for Arkham House by Pellegrini & Cudahy. This isn't one of those little black volumes bound in Holliston Black Novelex as we're used to seeing from Arkham House.

Contents include 23 stories:
  • The Worm
  • The Revolt of the Pedestrians
  • The Yeast Men
  • The Ivy War
  • The Doorbell

  • The Flying Fool
  • The Psychophonic Nurse
  • A Biological Experiment
  • Free as the Air
  • The Bridle

  • Tiger Cat
  • The God Wheel
  • The Golden Bough
  • The Jelly Fish
  • The Opium Eater

  • The Thing in the Cellar
  • The Moon Artist
  • Creation Unforgivable
  • The Dead Woman
  • The Door

  • The Perfumed Garden
  • The Literary Corkscrew
  • A Piece of Linoleum
From the dust jacket:
Here are twenty-three of the best fantastic short stories of Dr. David H. Keller. The novel ideas of the writer of science fiction contain a strong note of criticism as well as of prophecy; the stories of the psychiatrist indicate a deep and penetrating knowledge of the secret recesses of the human mind.

Tales From Underwood is a cornerstone collection, representing both the best of Dr. Keller's shorter work, and an adequate cross-section of that work. Dr. Keller spent many years in the U.S. Army as a psychiatrist.
The interior pages are in wonderful condition. The cloth cover is in very nice condition except that a small piece was scraped off the top corner. The jacket is very good with a couple weak areas reinforced inside with the same kind of cover stock, and the same scraped corner replaced. There is age discoloration on the end papers.

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