DEAD MAN'S PLACK AND AN OLD THORN. London & Toronto: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1920. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-3] 4-205 [206: printer's colophon] [207-215: publisher's ads] [216: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank], conjoined frontispiece and vignette title leaf and plate facing page 149 are inserts, original decorated gray-green cloth, front panel stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, top edge stained green. First edition. 2500 copies printed. Contains two pieces of fiction, the first of novella length, the second a novelette. Both have borderline supernatural aspects that are brought out more clearly in an appendix in which the author comments on the origin of the stories. The first is a historical fiction set in the early days of the English monarchy, revealed to the author, he claims, by a vision of its heroine. "An Old Thorn" is about a "wishing-tree," which has the power of rewarding its friends and punishing its enemies. Intercalated among the author's comments is a nice little one-page ghost story. Payne A39a. NCBEL III 1060. Spine lettering a bit dulled, still a bright, near fine copy. (#117667).
"First Published in 1920" on copyright page.