THE PURPLE CLOUD. London: Chatto & Windus, 1901. Octavo, pp. [1-4]  2-463 [464: blank]  2-4: ads + 32-page publisher's catalogue dated "May, 1901" inserted at rear, title page printed in red and black, original pictorial green cloth, front panel stamped in purple, black and white, spine panel stamped in purple, black and gold, t.e.g., bottom edge untrimmed. First edition, first printing. "THE PURPLE CLOUD is generally -- and rightly -- considered to be Shiel's finest work." - Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, pp. 78-80. "THE PURPLE CLOUD remains Shiel's masterpiece, still the best last man novel. It is finely imagined and displays Shiel's stylistic brilliance at its best." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2027. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-138; (1981) 1-152; and (2004) II-1004. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 692. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 28. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 196. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1029. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1735-38. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 179. Reginald 13027. Morse, The Works of M. P. Shiel Updated (1980), p. 116-17. Small early owner's name rubber-stamped on front free endpaper and old Dublin bookstore stamp on front paste-down. Some foxing and tanning to endpapers, some foxing to text block, mostly a few pages towards the end, some tanning to spine panel, as is usually the case. Overall, a superior copy of a scarce book seldom found in nice condition. Among the better copies we have seen. (#144971).
No statement of printing. Note: the second printing is marked "SECOND EDITION" on the title page.