THE SECRETS OF DR. TAVERNER. London: Noel Douglas, . Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-6 [7-8] 9-253 [254-256: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original blue gray boards with white cloth shelf back, spine panel stamped in black, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First edition, first binding. A collection of eleven occult detective stories. Dr. Taverner was modelled on Fortune's friend and fellow member of the Order of the Golden Dawn, J. W. Brodie-Innes. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 647. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 86. Bleiler (1978), p. 76. Reginald 05531. Hubin (1994), p. 298. Owner's signature on the front free endpaper. Just a bit of light foxing to text block, mainly first and last leaves, a very good copy or better copy in 7/6 pictorial dust jacket with closed tears and shallow chipping along top and bottom edges and larger chip from the upper spine end measuring 30x25 cm, with loss of "THE SECRETS" in the title. A very scarce book; rare in jacket. (#170770).
"FIRST PUBLISHED IN MCMXXVI" on copyright page.