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NIGHT'S BLACK AGENTS [rev.1978]
1978 revision of 1947 book
VG+ to near-Fine
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2" non-yellowing library tape reinforcing spine. Extra stamp on top, side & bottom page blocks. Tight and square with flat spine.
Fritz Leiber's first collection of stories came out in hardcover from Arkham House in 1947, with a print-run of 3084 copies. It wasn't until 1961 that a paperback edition came out from Ballantine (as "Tales from Night's Black Agents" on title page), and that was abridged - omitting the first 2 long stories (the "Ancient Adventures" pair.) Only in Britain were there unabridged reprints - a hardcover from Neville Spearman in 1975, and a paperback from Sphere in 1977. The 1978 Berkley Books paperback was not content to be the first unabridged American reprint edition, so it added 2 more of Leiber's "urban horror" stories at the end. That 1978 expanded version was photo-reprinted by Gregg Press in 1980 (in hardcover, with an added introduction.)
(Foreword by Fritz Leiber)
"Adept's Gambit", "The Man Who Never Grew Young" and "Diary in the Snow" were original to the 1947 Arkham House hardcover. The other 7 of the original line-up first appeared in Unknown Worlds (2), Unknown, Weird Tales (3), and The Acolyte - from 1940 to 1945. The added pair at the end came from The Girl With the Hungry Eyes (1949) and Fantastic (1962.) The "Modern Horrors" stories fall into the "Urban Fantasy" genre that Leiber pioneered.