THE PLEASANTRIES OF OLD QUONG. London: Constable & Co, Ltd., [1931]. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-vii [viii] [1-2] 3-279 [280: ads], original orange cloth, spine panel stamped in black. First edition. "A series of horror, crime and supernatural tales mostly set in London's Chinatown ..." - Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 120. Published in the U.S. as A TEA-SHOP IN LIMEHOUSE (1931). Mixed collection, mostly criminous, but some weirds, including "The Hands of Mr. Ottermole," noted tale of unsuspected psychopath; "Desirable Villa," premonition of murder; "The Yellow Imps," murder and madness. According to Queen (Queen's Quorum, p. 66), "The Hands of Mr. Ottermole" is Burke's "detective masterpiece ... the last word in the evocation of atmosphere and terror on the printed page ..." Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 46. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 120. Queen, The Detective Short Story, p. 15. Hubin (1994), p. 119. Small store stamp on front free endpaper, some foxing, a very good copy in very good minus dust jacket (illustrated by EJIA) with tape reinforcement to corners, price clipped from lower center of spine panel (about a fifth of spine panel affected), and some mild rubbing and edge wear. Uncommon in jacket. (#126595).

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"First published 1931" on copyright page.