London: John Lane, Vigo Street. 1895. First Edition, First Impression. First edition. Octavo, original purple cloth with an art-nouveau design in white by Aubrey Beardsley on the front panel, 'Keynote' design on spine and rear panel, spine titled in gilt, front panel titled in white. Decorated title page, also by Beardsley. 163 pp + 7 pp catalogue of Books in The Keynotes Series + 16 pp catalogue 'List of Books in Belles Lettres' dated 1895 at rear. This copy is Signed by the Author on the half-title leaf. Covers moderately discoloured, and rubbed, spine darkened, head & heel os spine slightly pushed and with a trace of wear; a very good copy, quite nice and certainly much better than usually encountered. Formerly, Shiel bibliographer Reynold Morse's copy, with his "Ex-Libris RM" bookplate on the front paste-down. A cornerstone book rarely found signed or inscribed. Item #311485
¶ Queen's Quorum No. 19. Collects three short stories featuring Prince Zaleski, a decadent occult detective inspired by Poe (through Eugene Sue). Issued in Lane's decadent Keynote's series and appropriately packaged with Beardsley's designs, Shiel's literary reputation rests firmly upon this book and Shapes in the Fire (1896), considered to be two of the most important works of the English decadent movement.