LEND-LEASE [published as THE RETURN OF PRINCE ZALESKI]. Typescript with handwritten additions and corrections by Shiel and edits by John Gasworth, Shiel's literary executor. 30 small quarto manuscript leaves (each approximately 22.2x,16.5 cm), two handwritten, the rest typewritten. A faint date "4/8/46" is written in pencil at the upper left corner of the first leaf, by whom or why is unknown. This is either an early draft written before submission or, if the penciled date is correct, a later version, revised after Shiel submitted the story to EQMM in 1945. The corrections in light blue ink are in John Gawsworth's hand, the other hand is Shiel's. This is one of the Shiel manuscripts known to have been in John Gawsworth's collection in the summer of 1947. It is recorded in Morse, The Works of M. P. Shiel Updated (1980) T-249 ("Lend-Lease: 30-page corrected, unpublished typescript"). "Lend-Lease" is the last of the four Prince Zaleski stories. It was written in October 1945 when Shiel was past eighty. It was first published in ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE, January 1955 and first collected in PRINCE ZALESKI AND CUMMINGS KING MONK (1977). According to Frederic Dannay: "Like Poe, Shiel wearied of his eccentric sleuth and abandoned him. Fifty years later he revived Prince Zaleski especially for ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE -- but strangely enough, we did not know of the epic event until it was too late. The details were sent to us by John Gawsworth, a personal friend and at times a collaborator of Mr. Shiel's. As Gawsworth expressed it, the return of Prince Zaleski nearly cost Mr. Shiel his life ... As soon as the manuscript was finished, Mr. Shiel walked to Horsham to mail it to EQMM's First Annual Detective-Story Contest. The effort was too much for the grand old man: he fainted and was taken to a hospital. When he recovered Mr. Shiel was uncertain whether or not he had actually posted the manuscript. In any event, the story never reached ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE, and no trace of the original was ever found" (Queen's Quorum, pp. 35-36). The first and last two leaves have short tears and wrinkling at the upper left margins, last leaf has a bit of shallow wear along the fore-edge margin, but overall the typescript is in remarkably fine condition. Each leaf is enclosed in a protective sleeve and all are enclosed in a custom cloth binder made up in Oriental style; the whole enclosed in a custom black slipcase with brown leather labels. Provenance: Walter T. Shirley; later Otto Penzler. (#164435).