London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1963. First UK Edition. Hard cover octavo (20.5 x 13.5cm); pp. 253, [3, blank]; brown cloth covered boards with lettering in silver on the spine; dust wrapper designed by Joe Mugnaini.
Head and tail of spine gently pushed, head a touch abraded; faint vertical crease down the middle of the spine; corners on the rear board just a little rounded; edges of text block a shade age toned and foxed; faint spotting to endpapers; pages are mostly clean and bright, very occasional spotting mostly confined to the very outer margins. Dust wrapper is unclipped; spine and 15mm either side of it is sunned; chips to the head of the spine next to the front cover and at the tail of the spine; an 80 x 140mm section beginning at the top of the middle of the spine and continuing across the top of the back cover is missing; three 8mm tears without loss to the bottom edge, one on the front cover and another two on the rear cover; blue pen handwriting on the front inner flap; wrapper is foxed however the front cover is still quite bright. Item #1277
Something Wicked This Way Comes influenced horror and fantasy authors including Neil Gaiman, Stephen King and R.L. Stine who notes it as the scariest book he ever read.
Originally published by Simon & Schuster in the US, this copy is the First UK Edition of Bradbury's 1962 novel. It features artwork by Joe Mugnaini who is particularly noted for his collaborations with Bradbury.
Provenance: Private collection, Brisbane.