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<B>Harlan Ellison: Signed Lettered Edition of </B></I><B><I>Stalking the Nightmare</B></I></B></I> <B>in Wooden Grimoire Box</B></I> (Huntington Woods, Michigan: Phantasia Press, 1982), first edition, 332 pages plus colophon page, full black Oasis Morocco (goat-skin), the front cover of which has a facsimile Ellison signature in gilt above a gilt stamped design by Jane Mackenzie of the white rabbit from <I>Alice in Wonderland,</B></I> which has Harlan Ellison's face, 8vo (6" x 9.25"), box measures approximately 7.75" x 11" x 3.25", no dust jacket (as issued), thin plastic protective sleeve over boards. This is the famous signed and lettered grimoire box release of <I>Stalking the Nightmare,</B></I> which is lettered "F", one of 40 rare signed and lettered copies. The book is contained in a grimoire box, which is cast in a synthetic resin called Uncast Three, from original linden wood carvings by Steve Kirk. The box was then hand-finished with intentional irregularities in surface and finish to produce a "stressed antique" appearance. According to a page in the back of the book, the carvings on the faces of the box represent scenes from the stories in the book: top face illustrates "Grail" and incorporates the publisher's logo and the sculptor's chop, hinge face illustrates "Final Trophy," lock face illustrates "Tracking Level," top end illustrates "Tiny Ally," bottom end illustrates "Invasion Footnotes" and the base illustrates "Visionary." The grimoire box is lined in black Siloma quilted velvet and has antiqued brass fittings, lock, and hasp, and two keys. The box is signed by the author and by the box sculptor on a card inserted in a brass frame which is affixed to the inside of the box's lid. Additionally, the colophon page in the rear of the book is signed "<I>Harlan Ellison</B></I>". This book is one of the most elaborate and desirable science fiction specialty press editions ever produced. The book is fine condition in an antiqued grimoire box.<BR><BR><b>Shipping:</b> Books & Catalogs (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.heritageauctions.com/common/shipping.php">view shipping information</a>)