The House of Lost Identity - and - The Haunted Jester - Donald Corley 1927 - Robert M. McBride & Company, New York - First Editions “Far away on some dark road, the young man rode, in pouring rain, and often cold and penniless, eagerly asking of every one he passed where the Elixir of youth might be found...”

Two volumes adorned in the scarce and stunning gold dust jackets. Corley’s tales of mystery and wonder have become celebrated for their spin on traditional fairy-tale motifs, amplifying them with darker, sinister elements... along with occasional comedy.

Drawing influences famed myths and legends from Persia, Ireland, China and Greece, both volumes are profusely illustrated throughout with the author’s own Harry Clarke-esque illustrations, and include a foreword by American sci-fi writer, James Branch Cabell.

From the library of the infamous Joseph Alexander Sadony, philosopher-scientist, inventor and poet, whose Michigan based ‘Educational Research Laboratories’ at ‘Valley of the Pines’ studied the power of the mind...
  Provenance: Joseph A. Sadony (1877-1960) with his blind stamp to the title page of Haunted Jester.

Octavo (21 x 15 cm). pp. xi [5] 324 [4]; xi [1] 306 [2]. In publisher’s black cloth, lettered in gilt to front boards and spines, illustration stamped in gilt to front boards, top edge of text block of
House of Lost Identity tinted blue. Dust jackets priced ‘net $2.50’ to upper right front flap.
  Condition: Near fine to fine, crease to front board of Haunted Jester, in very good dust jackets, light wear to edges slightly heavier to spine ends, closed tear to spine of House of Lost Identity, closed tear and crease to rear panel of Haunted Jester.   Ref: 108653   Price: HK$ 2,500