Underwood, 55 Broad St., Stroudsburg, Monroe Co., Pa: Jan. 1947.
, 177 leaves, with numerous autograph corrections in ink. Signed on title-leaf. 1 vols. 4to. Author's Corrected Typescript, Signed on Title. Contemporary black buckram, title in gilt on spine. Fine Currey, pp. 274-275. Item #34982
David H. Keller, M.D. (1880-1966), was born in Philadelphia and educated at the University of Pennsylvania. After practicing medicine for more than a decade, he became an neuropsychiatrist in 1914, and subsequently practiced in state hospitals in Louisiana, Tennessee, and again in Pennsylvania. Keller served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in both World Wars, and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
A prolific writer “better known for his sf … than for his fantasy and horror, which is in fact superior” (Mike Ashley in the Encyclopedia of Fantasy), Keller was a frequent contributor to Weird Tales as well as to numerous early fan publications; some of his works were first published in France, and his bibliography is complex. Keller's first work in the field of fantasy and science fiction appeared in 1928; his first published novel was The Devil and the Doctor (1940).
The Homunculus was published by Prime Press of Philadelphia in 1949. This typescript is signed “David H. Keller M.D.” on the title leaf and bears more than 100 authorial corrections, sometimes extensive. These are chiefly in ink with an occasional pencilled or typed alteration.
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