M. P. SHIEL: THE MIDDLE YEARS, 1897-1923. Austin: Roger Beacham Publisher, . Octavo, pp. [1-13] 14-357 [358: "The Author"] [359: colophon] [360: blank], illustrations, blue cloth, printed paper labels on spine and front panels, pictorial endpapers. First edition. 150 copies printed of which this is one of 50 numbered hardbound copies signed by Billings and book designer William Roger Holman. Biography of the middle years of West Indian born British writer Matthew Phipps Shiel which focuses on his career as an author of serial fiction, supernatural short stories, and prophetic novels by which he is recalled today. Extensive transcriptions of previously unpublished letters and documents from family members, archives of his publishers, literary agents, and fellow authors provide the basis for a deeper look into this man whose publisher, Grant Richards, described as "extraordinarily clever and a little mad." A fine "as new" copy without dust jacket as issued. (#156882).
First edition so stated on copyright page.