THE PURPLE SAPPHIRE AND OTHER POSTHUMOUS PAPERS SELECTED FROM THE UNOFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COSMOPOLI by Christopher Blayre Sometime Registrar of the University. London: Philip Allan & Co., . Octavo, pp. [1-12]  2-210  [212: blank], title page printed in orange and black, original blue-gray paper covered boards, printed paper label affixed to spine panel, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Blayre on recto of half title leaf: "Vera Hinkel / from / Christopher Blayre / 26. iii. 24." This variant binding (the first issue according to Locke [in Spectrum]) was also used for the special large paper issue of ten signed copies. Trade copies of this book are more often encountered in a cloth binding more in line with this publisher's standard bindings for popular fiction. "Eight science fiction and weird short stories supposedly deposited with the registrar of the University of Cosmopoli in 1952, and narrated by various professors ..." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 35. "The ironic wit is not to everyone's taste, but these are among the best satirical weird tales." - Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-28. The ninth "paper" listed on the contents page, "The Cheetah-Girl," does not appear in the book. Instead, p. 211 bears a note under the story's title: "The Publishers regret that they are unable to print this M.S." This is the case in all editions of this book, the story in question having been deemed too explicitly sexual for the standards of the day. It was separately and privately printed in a very small edition. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 92. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 204. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 080. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 201. Bleiler (1978), p. 25. Reginald 07139. Slight spine lean, spine panel a bit discolored and scuffed, touch of wear at foot of spine panel, touch of rubbing and age-darkening to paper label, corners a bit soft, but a tight, clean, very good copy. In fact, the paper-covered boards, not the most durable binding to start with, are in remarkably good shape and overall, this is a pleasing copy of an uncommon issue of this book. (#149972).
"First published in April, 1921" on copyright page.