SHAPES IN THE FIRE. London: John Lane ... Boston: Roberts Bros., 1896. Octavo, pp. [1-12] [1-2] 3-324 [note: first leaf is a blank] + two publisher's catalogues inserted at rear, the first a 14-page list of "The Keynote Series," the second a 12-page general catalogue dated 1896, original pictorial medium brown cloth, front panel stamped in dark brown, spine stamped in dark brown and gold, all edges untrimmed. First edition, first binding. Presentation copy with brief inscription in Shiel's hand to fellow writer and Shiel acolyte Terence Ian Fytton Armstrong (a.k.a. John Gawsworth) on the title page: "F. A. / from M. P. Shiel" A publisher's file copy with "Office Copy" written on the front paste-down and "Not for Sale / The Bodley Head / Vigo Street / London / W" written on the front free endpaper. Shiel's second collection of short fiction. Contains two of his best weird tales, "Vaila" (later revised as "The House of Sounds") and "Xelucha." "One of the landmark books of the genre." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1467. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-89. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 196. See Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature V, pp. 2192-96. Bleiler (1978), p. 179. Reginald 13032. Spine ends worn, small chip from upper spine end, spine panel darkened (London soot no doubt), a very good copy. A superb association copy. (#140041).
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