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Machen, Arthur.

REMARKS UPON HERMODACTYLUS. By Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope. Now for the First Time Done Into English Prose From The Original French by Arthur Machen With a Footnote By John Gawsworth.

Privately printed, London. Thirty-Three Great James Street 1923 Printer's proof, unbound, six pags, printed on recto only, title page is 9 x 5, and the remainder is 9 x 7. illustr of Machen on title page is by Edward Carrick. Toned, soiling, creasing, title page lacking a lower corner, paper clip marks, scattered light spotting. John Gawsworth, the pseudonym of Terrence Ian Fytton Armstrong, was the literary executor of M.P. Shiel, an occult writer. Shiel's father, in the year of his son's birth, 1865, declared himself "King of Redonda," a tiny uninhabited island in the British West Indies. Upon his father's death, M.P. became the next king, proclaiming himself "Felipe the First." Upon his death in 1947, his executor Gawsworth became the third king of Redonda, calling himself "Juan the First." He abdicated the "throne" in 1967 due to ill health; he died three years later. Gawsworth, an admirer of Machen, started work on a biography of Machen which remained uncompleted until the 1970s. THIS PRINTER'S PROOF HAS MANUSCRIPT CORRECTIONS THROUGHOUT BY MACHEN AND IS SIGNED BY HIM ON THE TITLE PAGE. COMES WITH HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM MACHEN (CREASING, SPOTTING, SMALL TEAR) TO THE WRITER GEORGE MOORE, DATED SEPTEMBER 20TH, 1934, THANKING HIM FOR PUTTING IN A WORD FOR HIM WITH "THE BOOKMAN" AND THAT HE WOULD "BE GLAD TO REVIEW FOR THE PAPER . . . BOOKS ON THEOLOGY, THE CELTIC SPIRIT, FAIRIES AND WITCHES AND SO FORTH -- ALL THESE I COULD HANDLE." When published, "Remarks froj Hermodactylus" was limited to 40 copies.

Book Id: 98-2158

Price: $995.00

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