London: John Camden Hotten, . True first edition, preceding the U.S. [BAL 1096]. Bierce's first book, written while he was living and working in London, and for which he was never paid -- Hotten died before the post-dated check he'd given Bierce came due. 12mo gilt-stamped purple-brown cloth with gilt vignettes to front and spine; 197 pages plus Swift-quote leaf and publisher's 32-page catalog dated 1873. Small period bookseller tickets of A. H. Spencer in Melbourne to front pastedown and free endpaper verso. Very good to near fine with light rubbing to boards and expert repair to inner hinges.
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