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DescriptionM. P. Shiel. Prince Zaleski. London: John Lane, 1895. First edition. Signed with inscription by the author. Octavo (7.625 x 4.75 inches; 194 x 120 mm.). , 163, [1, blank], 7, [1, blank], 16 pages. Decorative title-page, in-text illustrations throughout. Publisher's full violet cloth; spine lettered in gilt with key ornament stamped in white; front lettered in white with decorative paneling in white; rear with key ornament stamped in white. Edges untrimmed. Housed in custom orange cloth chemise in book-backed slipcase, one-quarter orange morocco, spine lettered in gilt. Spine slightly skewed. Fair amount of shelf wear and bumping at edges of binding; spine ends pushed and joints a touch worn; backstrip toned with slight loss of gilt and fading of ornament; general light discoloration, rubbing, soiling to boards with white stamping a touch faded in places. Edges of text block slightly browned and softened from handling; top edge a bit dust-soiled; rough opening at page edges throughout. Hinges splitting but still sound; uneven toning with a tiny amount of foxing to endpapers; previous owner bookplate tipped to front pastedown with remains of removed label partially overlapping; occasional light marginal staining and thumbsoiling scattered throughout. Very good. Two partially unopened publisher's catalogs at rear. This collection of short stories was Shiel's first publication, inspired in part by the detective tales of Edgar Allan Poe. Queen's Quorum 19. A Haycraft Queen Cornerstone. Full inscription transcribed online.
More Information: Inscription reads: "A trinity here: the first about a / father, the second about a son, or scion, / the third about a ghostly hold; yet, / as the Athanasian creed says, 'there are / not three omniscients, but one / omniscient,' who, lying on a couch, / argues, seeing through walls. But / there is no detective but the / detective and father of detectives, / the 'Dupin' of Poe, of whom this / Zaleski is a legitimate son, and / the notorious Holmes a bastard son. / 1924. M. P. Shiel."
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