THE PLEASANTRIES OF OLD QUONG. London: Constable & Co, Ltd., . 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. Some patchy fading to spine panel, a very good copy in very good dust jacket (illustrated by EJIA) with damp stain to spine panel, shallow loss at upper spine end, and tiny chip from bottom edge of front panel. An attractive example of an uncommon jacket. (#149276).
"First published 1931" on copyright page.