New York: McCay Features Syndicate, 1945. 1st Edition. Oblong quarto, publisher's stapled illustrated wraps.
"[T]here was always, consistently a genuine nightmare or dream quality about Little Nemo, and I mean this in the soundest psychological sense" (from the introduction by August Derleth). First edition of this selection of Winsor McCay’s "Little Nemo in Slumberland" comic strips, which originally ran in the New York Herald in the opening years of the 20th century. McCay, widely considered one of America’s most innovative and influential cartoonists, debuted his signature character in an earlier comic before granting him his own spin-off series. The series follows an adventurous little boy on his nighttime escapades, and became McCay's best-known and most widely circulated work. The fantastical and chthonic content has been thought to be influenced by Sigmund Freud's Interpretation of Dreams, which had recently been published. Introduction by prolific regional writer and dean of American pulp publishers August Derleth. Embrowning to verso of wraps, lightest edgewear. Near fine. Item #2130