Dark Carnival

By Bradbury, Ray

Ray Bradbury's first book was the short story collection Dark Carnival issued in 1947 by Arkham House in the United States. These short stories set the tone for Bradbury's future work. His eerie, sometimes disturbing stories typify Arkham House books, and give us some insight into the young Bradbury.

This book reprinted many stories previously published by Bradbury in Weird Tales of November 1944 (such as "The Jar"), and other pulp magazines of the era. Several stories saw print for the first time in this edition, however. 

First Edition Identification and Notes

Signed copies of the first edition sell in the $2,000 to $5,000 range if of high quality. Only a little over 3,000 copies of this book were initially printed. The book as such was never reprinted, though individual stories were reissued occasionally. The author refused to allow reprints until a limited edition was issued with new stories and a new introduction by the author by Gauntlet Press in 2001.  

Because of the unique nature of this book, it continues to become more highly sought after. The high quality of Arkham House publishing limits problems with the quality of this book, with scuffing and minor tears the most common flaw seen.

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Dark Carnival

by BRADBURY, RAY

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James Pepper Rare Books, Inc.
Published
1947
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Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1947. First Edition of the Author’s First Book. Signed by the author, Ray Bradbury. The inscription reads (in upper case): "For Bob Hoffman, With fond remembrances of many pleasant evenings of Prokofieff, Gliere, Rozsa and others - and the old days of record making - With all my best from your friend, Ray Bradbury… Read more
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DARK CARNIVAL

by Bradbury, Ray

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John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILAB
Published
1947
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A fine copy in a fine bright dust jacket with a touch of rubbing to corners and spine ends. A superior copy. (14630)
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First edition
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Sauk City: Arkham House, 1947. First edition. A fine copy in a fine bright dust jacket with a touch of rubbing to corners and spine ends. A superior copy. (14630). Octavo, cloth. 3112 copies printed. The author's first book. Collects twenty-seven stories, most first appearing in magazines, sixteen from WEIRD TALES. Six stories are published here… Read more
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DARK CARNIVAL

by Bradbury, Ray

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VAGABOND BOOKS
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1947
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Fine
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FIRST
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ArKHAM, 1947. A fine first edition first printing in dj. Signed by Author in 1988. Laid in book is bookplate FROM THE LIBRARY OF DONALD WANDREI. Author and co founder of Arkham House. Published by Arkham House in 1947.. Signed by Author(s). FIRST. Hardcover. Fine/Dust Jacket Included. Book.
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Dark Carnival

by Bradbury, Ray

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Quintessential Rare Books, LLC
Published
1947
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Fine
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1st Edition
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Arkham House, Sauk City, 1947 First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Ray Bradbury on a laid in signature. A beautiful copy. This ORIGINAL First Issue dustjacket is rich in color with minor wear to the edges. The book is bound in the publisher's cloth and is in excellent condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the… Read more
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Dark Carnival

by Bradbury, Ray

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1947
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Fine
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1st Edition
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Arkham House, 1947. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. Author signed on the title page. This is one of 3112 copies although colophon page states 3000. First Edition. Book is fine in a very good dust jacket. Comes housed in a custom slipcase. We will provide a certificate of authenticity for this item.
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Dark Carnival

by Ray Bradbury

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Jeff Bergman Books ABAA/ILAB
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1947
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Near Fine
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1st Edition
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Arkham House, 1947. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Author's First Book. Fine Copy In like Jacket.Author's First Book.$3.00 on flap.First Edition (1947).Beautiful Fresh Copy.Scarce in this Condition. Bookplate under front flap.Excellent Copy. .
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Dark Carnival

by Bradbury, Ray

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1947
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Near Fine
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1st Edition
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Arkham House, 1947. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. A near fine first edition in a near fine dust jacket, which still has the original $3 price on the front flap. Very slight wrinkle to side of pages 22 and 23. Signed by Bradbury on the title page. Comes in a custom-made collector's slipcase.
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Dark Carnival

by Bradbury, Ray

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1947
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Fine
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1st Edition
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Arkham House, 1947. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. Arkham House, Sauk City, Wisconsin, 1947. Bradbury's first published book. 3,112 copies were printed by Arkham House. A fine first edition in a very good dust jacket with slight wear at the top and bottom of the spine. Signed by Bradbury on the title page.
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DARK CARNIVAL

by Bradbury, Ray

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Quill & Brush
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1947
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Sauk City: Arkham House, 1947. First edition of Bradbury's first book, a collection of 27 of his earliest stories. There were only 3,112 copies in the first printing. 3 x 5" plain white card laid in SIGNED BY BRADBURY WITH DRAWING OF ONE OF HIS MONSTERS and dated in 1989. Touch of darkening to pastedowns, still near… Read more
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Dark Carnival

by Bradbury, Ray

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1947
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Very Good
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1st Edition
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Arkham House, 1947. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. A very good first edition in a very good dust jacket, signed and dated by Bradbury on the front free endpaper. Year 1947 on title page and copyright page. Book has bumped corners, former owner's bookplate on front pastedown, some offsetting along front hinge, and small blemish on front… Read more
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DARK CARNIVAL

by Bradbury, Ray

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John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILAB
Published
1947
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A fine copy in a very good dust price clipped dust jacket with shelf wear to head of spine panel and corner tips, mild rubbing,
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First edition
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Sauk City: Arkham House, 1947. First edition. A fine copy in a very good dust price clipped dust jacket with shelf wear to head of spine panel and corner tips, mild rubbing, and some soiling to the rear panel. No fade to the color of the spine lettering. This jacket is not quite trimmed to size which often results… Read more
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Dark Carnival

by Bradbury, Ray

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1947
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Near Fine
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1st Edition
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Arkham House, 1947. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. A near fine first edition in a near fine dust jacket, with original price still present. Year 1947 on title page and copyright page, indicating first edition. Bookplate signed by Ray Bradbury is laid in. One of a stated edition of 3,000 copies although Chalker states 3,112 as the… Read more
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Dark Carnival (First Edition In Dust Jacket, Signed By Bradbury)

by Bradbury, Ray

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Arroyo Seco Books
Published
1947
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Near Fine Book
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First Edition
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Sauk City: Arkham House, 1947. First Edition . Black Cloth. Near Fine Book/Very Good Dustjacket. G. Barrows Dustjacket. 313 pp. One of a stated edition of 3000; Chalker cites 3112 copies as the actual printing run. A bright clean example, light wear along bottom edge of book, hinges tight, no marks, no fraying, spine gilt all… Read more
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Dark Carnival

by Bradbury, Ray

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Quintessential Rare Books, LLC
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1947
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Near Fine
Edition
1st Edition
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Arkham, 1947 First Edition, First Printing. An attractive dustjacket with some wear to the spine and edges. The book is nice shape. The binding is tight and the boards are crisp with light wear to the panels. The pages are clean with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a clean copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION.. 1st… Read more
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DARK CARNIVAL

by Bradbury, Ray

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John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILAB
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1947
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A fine copy in a very good dust jacket light shelf wear along the upper edge, light rubbing to the black ink background, light w
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First edition
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Sauk City: Arkham House, 1947. First edition. A fine copy in a very good dust jacket light shelf wear along the upper edge, light rubbing to the black ink background, light wear to the lower right corner tip and base of spine panel. Lettering to spine panel is not faded. The dust jacket for this book is not quite… Read more
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Dark Carnival

by Bradbury, Ray

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Crossroads Books
Published
1947
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Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
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First Edition; First Printing
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Sauk City: Arkham House, 1947. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. Illustrated by George Barrows. DJ crease head tail of spine, top front flap pin head chip, unclipped $3, black boards, gilt lettering on spine, sharp corners, Ray Bradbury signed on ffep with date of May 29, 47. One of three thousand printed… Read more
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Dark Carnival

by Bradbury, Ray

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Idler Fine Books
Published
1947
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Fine
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1st Edition
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Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1947 First printing of the first edition. Black cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt, pictorial jacket, with the publisher's printed $3.00 price in upper corner of inside front flap. 1 of just over 3000 copies printed [Bleiler, Guide to Supernatural Fiction 254; Currey, p. 55]. Signed by Ray Bradbury directly on the title page. … Read more
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Dark Carnival [Signed First]

by Bradbury, Ray

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Downtown Brown Books, ABAA
Published
1947
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Very Good
Edition
First Edition
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Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1947. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 313 pages. According to the colophon, one of 3000 copies, but the actual print run was slightly larger. This collection of short stories launched one of the most remarkable careers in science fiction. First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a very good, price-clipped… Read more
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Dark Carnival

by Bradbury, Ray

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1947
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Very Good
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1st Edition
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Arkham House, 1947. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. A very good first edition in a very good dust jacket with the $3 price still present on the front flap. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.
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DARK CARNIVAL

by Bradbury, Ray

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L. W. Currey, Inc.
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1947
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Sauk City, Wis.: Arkham House, 1947. Octavo, cloth. First edition. 3112 copies printed. Early signature by Bradbury on the front free endpaper underneath which Bradbury has written later: "signs / this book twice / to express his / approval of Gunther / Swain! / Ray Bradbury / 2-29-64." The author's first book, a collection of twenty-seven stories.… Read more
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Dark Carnival.

by BRADBURY, Ray.

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Peter Harrington
Published
1947
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Sauk City, WI: Arkham House,, 1947. Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Cloth lightly mottled, endpapers spotted, contents lightly toned. A very good copy in the rubbed, nicked, and spotted jacket. First edition, first printing of the author's first book, issued in an edition of only 3000.
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DARK CARNIVAL.

by Bradbury, Ray,

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VAGABOND BOOKS
Published
1949
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Near Fine
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First Edition
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HaMISH HAMILTON, 1949. First Edition. First U.K. edition. A near fine first British edition in dj with small chips at the heel and crown of the spine. .Nicely signed by Ray Bradbury on the title page. Author's first book . Dust jacket art by Michael Ayrton.. Signed by Author(s). First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Book.
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Dark Carnival

by Ray Bradbury

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Fine Book Cellar ABA ILAB PBFA
Published
1948
Condition
Very Good
Edition
First
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UK First Edition, First Printing (Hamish Hamilton, 1948). Signed and dated by the author to the front endpaper. Only 3,112 copies of the American First Edition were produced by Arkham House in October of the previous year. Minor compression to head of spine; edges lightly toned with foxing; a little spotting to front and rear paste-downs and endpapers; inscription to… Read more
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DARK CARNIVAL

by Bradbury, Ray

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VAGABOND BOOKS
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1947
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FIRST
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ArKHAM, 1947. A NEAR FINE FIRST EDITION IN DUSTJACKET. SIGNED ON TIPPED IN BOOKPLATE BY RAY BRADBURY.. Signed by Author(s). FIRST. Hardcover. Book.
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Dark Carnival

by Bradbury, Ray

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Dark Hollow Books ®
Published
2001
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As New
Edition
First Edition
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Springfield, PA: Gauntlet Publications, 2001. First Edition . Hardcover. As New/As New. As new in leatherette slipcase, still in publishers shrinkwrap. Never opened. One of 700 numbered copies signed by Ray Bradbury and Clive Barker who wrote the afterword. New edition of Bradbury's first book, originally published by Arkham House. Edited by Donn Albright, with a new introduction… Read more
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DARK CARNIVAL

by Bradbury, Ray

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L. W. Currey, Inc.
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1948
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London: Hamish Hamilton, 1948. Octavo, cloth. First British edition. Brief signed inscription dated 4 July 2000 by Bradbury to "Frank" on the front free endpaper. The author's first book. This edition collects twenty of the twenty-seven stories collected in the earlier Arkham House edition. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-34. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 254. Tymn… Read more
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DARK CARNIVAL Signed Print

by Bradbury, Ray

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VAGABOND BOOKS
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Fine
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PROOF
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GAUNTLET A FINE FIRST EDITION PROOF of the print signed by Ray Bradbury. Signed. PROOF. Fine.
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Dark Carnival

by Bradbury, Ray

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curtis paul books inc.
Published
1948
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Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
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First Edition
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London: Hamish Hamilton. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1948. First Edition. Hardcover. A first British edition copy, inscribed by Bradbury in felt pen to the ffep. The felt pen seeped through the pages up to the table of contents, and offset to the front pastedown, else a fine copy. The original jacket in mylar has light… Read more
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Dark Carnival

by Ray Bradbury

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Ergodebooks
Published
2001-11-12
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Good
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Limited
ISBN
9781887368506
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Gauntlet Press, 2001-11-12. Limited. Hardcover. Good.
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Dark Carnival

by Bradbury, Ray

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Cold Tonnage Books
Published
1948
Edition
First British edition (& 1st ed thus)
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£760.57

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Hamish Hamilton: London, 1948. First British edition (& 1st ed thus). Hardcover. The author's first book, a short story collection. Abridged text: first published by Arkham House the year before, this UK hardcover collects twenty of the twenty seven stories found in that edition. Page edges just a little browned, an almost fine copy in a VG+ price-clipped… Read more
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DARK CARNIVAL

by Bradbury, Ray

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John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILAB
Published
2001
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An as new copy, very fine in very fine dust jacket with a fine slipcase. (12245)
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First limited and expanded edition
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Springfield, PA: Gauntlet Publications, 2001. First limited and expanded edition. An as new copy, very fine in very fine dust jacket with a fine slipcase. (12245). Octavo, cover painting by Ray Bradbury, leatherette. One of 700 numbered copies, signed by Bradbury and by Clive Barker (who writes the afterword). New edition, first limited, of Bradbury's first book.… Read more
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DARK CARNIVAL

by Bradbury, Ray

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L. W. Currey, Inc.
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2001
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9781887368506
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Springfield, PA: Gauntlet Publications, 2001. Octavo, imitation leather. Limited edition. One of 700 numbered copies signed by Bradbury and author of the afterword, Clive Barker. This new edition of Bradbury's first book includes four stories, contemporary with the rest of the contents but not included in the original edition, a new nine page introduction by Bradbury,… Read more
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Dark Carnival

by Bradbury, Ray

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Books Do Furnish A Room
Published
1948
Condition
Good
Edition
First UK Edition
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UK: Hamish Hamilton, 1948. Spine moderately cocked. Binding firm. Edges of pages yellowing. Front free end page missing. DJ has small pieces out (the largest being 1/4") at top of spine. 1/4" piece of scotch tape on inner edge of front flap, and a similarly-sized piece of scotch tape reinforcing the inner side of the DJ spine. 3/4" tear… Read more
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Dark Carnival ( Author's 1st Book )

by Ray Bradbury, FORMER Owner Inscription, Inner Hinges Title Pg Light Stain Near Top

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BLUFF PARK RARE BOOKS
Published
1947
Condition
Good
Edition
First Edition
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Arkham House, NY, 1947. HARDBACK NODJ , 1947, Limited 1st edition, STATED 3,000 copies, 1st Printing, former Owner Inscription , minor rub Cvr , Small black Cloth Titled on Spine cvr light wear FADE titles, Interior Small Stain on top Inner Hinges some pgs thru 1st half of book & on back Cvr… Read more
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Dark Carnival

by Bradbury, Ray

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John Thompson
Published
1947
Condition
Very Good
Edition
First Edition
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Sauk City: Arkham House, 1947. Solid book with small bumps on the corners of the covers and the covers show light wear from handling. The interior is clean and unmarked. The dust jacket shows the corner bumps, has some crumpling along the top and bottom edges with some small tears and some small creases. The jacket also shows overall… Read more
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San Buenaventura,CA: John Anthony Miller Studio, 2013. A restored facsimile dust jacket for the 1948 first edition of Ray Bradbury's first collection and published book by Hamish Hamilton in London for DARK CARNIVAL. The jacket is a facsimile of the original ediition. The jacket was restored by artist John Anthony Miller and archival ink and special paper were used. Jacket… Read more
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