On The Verge
Price: 150.00 USD
Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, 1950. Illustrated by Salvador Dalí. First edition. Publisher's cranberry cloth, lettered in green; in the original pictorial gray dust jacket, with a surrealist illustration by Dalí to the front panel, photographs of Sandoz and Dalí to the rear panel, lettered in white, yellow and black. Book near fine, with a touch of soiling to edges, a few minor spots to the last pages of text, else fine; unclipped dust jacket, minor toning to the spine, some creasing and short closed tears to the rear panel, minor chip to the front panel, light soiling to the rear panel, else fine. Overall, a very good and attractive copy. On the Verge is a collection of four grisly short stories narrated by a sane man with an obsession with insanity. Specifically, this volume includes "The Tsantsa," "Mr. Rabbi," "The Trap," and "On the Verge," each of which purports to be a retold firsthand account from one of four "madmen" the narrator met while visiting insane asylums as research. One of four collaborations between "these two masters of the macabre," On the Verge is, as the dust jacket proclaims, "a masterpiece of the twilight zone of sanity" that is the result of "one highly imaginative artist interpreting the work of another." Very Good / Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. Very Good.