THE KING'S MISSAL. London: Herbert Jenkins Limited, . Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-312 [313-320: ads], original orange cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black, publisher's monogram stamped in black on rear panel. First edition. “Weird thriller of a haunted missal bound in the skin of Philip II’s unfaithful mistress, whose spirit still seeks new paramours. Marginal vampirism, when her mummified corpse is briefly revived by blood-rite, thought this may be a hallucination induced by an unscrupulous occultist. Novel is an awkward hybrid of detective and horror genres, the latter elements more effective. Author also wrote the bizarre horror thriller, THE NEW RACE OF DEVILS (1921) under the pseudonym of John Bernard.” - Robert Knowlton. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Day, p. 7. Reginald 00979. Small lending library stamp on bottom edge of text block, faint traces of removal of bookplate or slip from front free endpaper, but a fine, bright copy. A scarce book and especially difficult in such nice condition. (#156055).
"First printing 1934" on verso of title page.