Los Angeles: Fantasy Publishing Co., Inc., 1948. First Edition, First Impression. Hardcover. First Edition. Large crown octavo, original dark brown textured cloth titled in gilt on spine, light blue endpapers. 170 pp. 1,000 copies printed, this being copy No 17. Formerly, Terence Ian Fytton Armstrong (a.k.a. John Gawsworth)'s copy, with the Realm of Redonda bookplate on the front free endpaper, signed by Gawsworth in ink " John Gawsworth's Copy", along with his signature as "Juan R", King of Redonda, "(Still) in Exile 31.XII.'48" (and later) "(Still) in Exile 21.VII. '60". The text is annotated throughout by Gawsworth in both pen and pencil. Some examples: In the section THE PERSONAL LIBRARY OF M.P. SHIEL, Gawsworth has put check marks beside many of the titles (copies he had in his possession?), with some notes, i.e, under Carl van Vecten's SPIDER BOY, 1928, he notes "was in London Dec 28, met Machen"; he has made a couple of additions to the CHECK LIST OF VARIOUS EDITIONS OF THE NOVELS OF M.P. SHIEL; there are some additions and corrections to the Bibliography itself; annotations such as on p. 76 where Morse refers to Shiel's last book JESUS "if the manuscript is ever found in its entirety" to which Gawsworth has written in "It has been - (at Sothebys) by me in 1963 JG (1964)"; in the section MISCELLANEOUS WORKS BY M.P. SHIEL he has checked many titles and written in some additions; under "KNOWN MANUSCRIPTS.... OF M.P. SHIEL he has coded items as being "Still in my collection 17/3/59 -JG", "Sold Hollings Feb '59 £22", etc, plus marking individual items sold to Rota, Hollings, Partridge (?) at various dates, plus corrections to the location of some manuscripts and/or publication details, with a long holograph note at the end explaining the discovery of Shiel's "missing notebooks"; under "AN EPILOGUE: THE ADDRESS OF EDWARD SHANKS AT THE FUNERAL OF M.P. SHIEL, February 24th, 1947 Gawsworth has made a listing of "The thirteen mourners present" with their names and their relationship to Shiel; plus numerous other miscellaneous notes in the text. The verso of the half-title leaf is inscribed in green ink "A Shiel Occasion 29/7/58" and is signed by 10 different people (listed variously as "Producer", "Floor Manager", "Boss", "KSR!", "Redundant"; etc.). Cloth worn, bumped at corners, spine lettering dull, lacking the dust jacket. A unique and important copy. Very Good. Item #311499
¶ Issued by FPCI in a variety of bindings and issues, most of which were un-numbered; this is the earliest issue and is actually numbered. The primary bibliography of Shiel, it was later revised and expanded by Morse in two privately printed volumes in 1980.