ORPHEUS IN MAYFAIR AND OTHER STORIES AND SKETCHES. London: Mills & Boon, Limited, [1909]. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-viii] ix-x 1-306 [307-308: ads] + undated 32-page publisher's catalogue inserted at rear, publisher's green cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. The author's second collection of short fiction. Collects twenty-five stories, some of which were reprinted in HALF A MINUTE'S SILENCE AND OTHER STORIES (1925). Includes the author's outstanding horror story, "Venus." See Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 22, noting that this book is "extremely difficult to find." Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 26. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-15. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 27. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-7. See Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 96. See Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 119. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Small book label of David Levine, Sydney, at top edge of front paste-down. Several scuffs and small stains to rear cover, partial hairline crack along inner front hinge, first two preliminary leaves, last leaf of ads, and rear endpapers foxed, top edge dusty, still a very good copy. Quite scarce. (#171774).

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"Published August 1909" on copyright page.