THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY: A NIGHTMARE. Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith ... London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Company Limited, . Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-viii 9-329  [331-332: ads], original red cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Early binding with no period after the "K" in "G. K Chesterton" on spine panel as well as "J. W. ARROWSMITH / BRISTOL" at base of spine. "A tour de force of paradoxes, both verbal and ideal, expressed in part in the terms of a Stevensonian thriller ... A very pleasing work with a wealth of verbal brilliances ..." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 375. "... an allegorical novel disguised as a detective story, poet Gabriel Syme, a member of a new police force called Philosophical Policemen, is thrown into a mad, upside down world as he becomes involved with a group of anarchists known as the Supreme Council of Seven, each member of which is named for a day of the week." - Steinbrunner and Penzler, Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection, p. 83. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-79. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 961-65. Barzun and Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime 490. Bleiler (1978), p. 43. Reginald 02931. A bit of rubbing to corner tips, mild tanning to page edges, hairline crack along inner rear hinge which is still holding tight, a very good, bright copy. A better than average copy of a book rarely found in nice condition. A publisher's presentation copy with "With the Publishers Compts / 11-3-08" handwritten on the front free endpaper and a short handwritten letter from J. W. Arrowsmith dated 11 Mar 1908 presenting the book and mentioning early reviews tipped in on the recto of the front free endpaper. The British Library copy was received 18 March 1908. (#151767).
"First published in 1908" on copyright page.