New York: George H. Doran Company on Murray Hill, . Signed Limited First Edition. Vellum over Boards. Octavo. The Special, Large-Paper Edition, in the original publisher's binding of orange paper-covered boards with vellum spine and corners, leather label on spine with titles in gilt, top edges gilt. Issued in a limited edition of 550 hand-numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy No. 457. 369 pp. A fine copy in a nearly fine dust jacket, light dust-soiling to white paper, price corner intact. Fine in Dust Jacket. Item #311310
¶ Michael Arlen, born as Dikran Kouyoumdjian in Bulgaria of Armenian ancestry, became a naturalised British subject in 1922 and was a popular writer during the 20s and 30s. MAY FAIR is a collection of short stories, including romances, ghost stories, tales of fantasy and the macabre as well as comedies. "The Battle of Berkeley Square": A man is taken ill to his sister's house where she is giving birth. Presumably close to death, for a brief period he appears to exchange bodies with her. "The Gentleman from America": A rationalised ghost story in which a gentleman is bet £500 that he will not stay a night in a supposedly haunted house. "The Prince of the Jews", "The Revolting Doom of a Gentleman who would not Dance with His Wife", "To Lamoir", and "Farewell, These Charming People" all have supernatural content.