[Paris]: [Contact Editions], . From the Bart Auerbach Collection. 8vo. Original marbled wrappers, printed paper labels, untrimmed; in a brown cloth slipcase. Small repair at top of spine, wear at heal. Item #409332
First edition of the first book by the future art critic of the 'New Yorker', "an ignored minor masterpiece of anti-realist fiction, a novel that deserves the attention of all students of fantasy literature" ('Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature' I, pp. 460-63). 'The Eater of Darkness', printed in Dijon by Maurice Darantière (the printer of 'Ulysses'), has 20 dedicatees, including Gertrude Stein, Nick Carter, Robert McAlmon, Harold Loeb, 'The New York Herald Tribune' and Fantomas. The Jonathan Goodwin copy. In very good condition. Ford, 'Published in Paris', pp. 74-76; Bleiler, p. 45. (BA).