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. 

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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

DARK CARNIVAL

by Bradbury, Ray

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1947
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Sauk City: Arkham House, 1947. First edition. A very good copy in a very good or somewhat better dust jacket with light wear and rubbing to the corner tips and spine ends, red ink of the spine lettering is mostly faded but a bright front panel. The dust jacket for this book is not quite trimmed to size which… Read more about this item
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Dark Carnival

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2001
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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 about this item
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First Edition
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1947
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Wisconsin: Arkham House, 1947 First edition, first printing, one of 3,112 copies. Signed by Bradbury on front free endpaper: "Ray Bradbury [underlined] / Dec 1, 1982". Publisher's black boards, titles in gilt to spine; original dust jacket designed by George Barrows, wraparound image with masks and other floating objects, titles in red to front panel and spine. Near fine book… Read more about this item
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First Edition
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1947
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Arkham House, 1947. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Missing. 3000 copies printed. The binding is tight, corners lightly bumped and rubbed. Some rubbing and handling on the boards, gilt lettering on the spine partially rubbed away. Text unmarked. Some damp staining on the top edge of the last 50 pages. Light soiling on the edges of the text block. Some… Read more about this item
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Dark Carnival; Time Intervening

by Bradbury, Ray

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Limited Signed Edition
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2001
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Hardcover
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Gauntlet Press. SIGNED numbered limited edition as NEW. in jacket and slipcase. number 343 of 700. Signed by Ray Bradbury and Clive Barker. Also chapbook: TIME INTERVENING number652 of 752 layed in. . New. Hardcover. Limited Signed Edition. 1st Printing. 2001.
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First Edition
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1947
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Hardcover
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Sauk City, WIS: Arkham House, 1947. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. First edition, first printing. Signed by Ray Bradbury on the title page. Bound in publisher's black cloth with spine lettered in gilt. Near Fine with light shelf wear to cloth. Pages toned; endsheets offset from binder's glue and lightly foxed. In a Near Fine price-clipped dust… Read more about this item
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by Bradbury, Ray

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Edge & Shelfworn Dust Jacket
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First UK Edition
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1948
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Hardcover
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UK: Hamish Hamilton, 1948. Book. Good. Hardcover. First UK Edition. 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… Read more about this item
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Dark Carnival

by Ray Bradbury

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Without DJ as issued
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First Thus
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2001
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Hardcover, standard size (i.e. 5-6 by 8-9 inches)
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Gauntlet, 2001. First Thus. Hardcover, standard size (i.e. 5-6 by 8-9 inches). Fine/Without DJ as issued. Used One of 700 limited edition copies, signed by Ray Bradbury and Clive Barker. Includes a chapbook and CD of interviews with Bradbury. Slip Cased
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1st Edition
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1947
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Hardcover
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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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Fine
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First Edition
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2001
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Springfield, PA: Gauntlet Press, 2001. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. The first republication of Bradbury's first book since it was published by Arkham House in 1947. Bradbury rewrote and revised about half of the stories for The October Country and the original versions of his early work remained out of print until this limited edition reissue. For… Read more about this item
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First Edition
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1947
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Hardcover
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Sauck City, WI: Arkham House, 1947. 313pp. Black cloth boards, gilt titles on spine. Binding tight, spine straight, corners square. Pages evenly age toned but otherwise clean and unmarked. Dust jacket shows some wear at spine ends, and some rubbing to front panel. Small, closed tear at lower front corner of back panel. Dust jacket is intact, not price clipped.… Read more about this item
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1947
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DARK CARNIVAL, Arkham House, 1947, first edition, browning to the paste-downs due to the publishers choice of glue and paper, else vg in like dust-wrapper with some light wear, shallow chipping to the head of the dust-wrapper spine and some scattered foxing to the rear dust-wrapper panel and upper and fore edge margins of the dust-wrapper flaps. … Read more about this item
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DARK CARNIVAL - SIGNED
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by Bradbury, Ray

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First Edition
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1947
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Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1947. First Edition. Bradbury's first book, a colllection of 27 stories, "mostly supernatural but with a few contes cruels, including the consummately repulsive taphephobic fantasy "Interim"...The collection stands at the head of a tradition in modern American horror fiction which combined stylistic deftness with a determination to deal forthrightly with the previously unthinkable -… Read more about this item
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DARK CARNIVAL

by Bradbury, Ray

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1947
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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 about this item
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1st Edition
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1947
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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

Dark Carnival

by Ray Bradbury

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1st Edition
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1947
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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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1st Edition
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1947
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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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PROOF
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GAUNTLET Book. Fine. No Binding. Signed by Author(s). PROOF. A FINE FIRST EDITION SIGNED ONE OF 52 WITH CD AND PAMPHLET IN LEATHER TRAYCASE COPY XX.
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Dark Carnival

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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 about this item
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DARK CARNIVAL

DARK CARNIVAL

by Bradbury, Ray

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First edition
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1947
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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 about this item
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