New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1926. First American Edition. Hardcover. Octavo, original yellow cloth, printed paper label on spine panel, decorated endpapers. 186 pp +  pp publisher's ads for other works by Machen at rear. A REMARKABLE INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed by the author on the half title leaf "Oliver Stoner / from / Arthur Machen / St George's Day / 1926 / "I stood by an old / twisted oak, & thought / to my book as I / would have made it, & / sighed, & so went home / and made it as I could." Machen has hand-corrected the text on p.15 ('not' for 'now') and corrected the spelling of "Silwiensis' on the jacket flap. Spine label dull, a few small stains, a very good copy in the original dust jacket which bears a photographic portrait of Machen on the front panel. The jacket is browned along the spine panel and shows some light wear; there is some (unnecessary) internal tape reinforcement at the folds. Very good in dust jacket. Goldstone & Sweetser Item 2b. Very Good in Dust Jacket. Item #311801
¶ The first American Edition of the author's first book, originally published in London by George Redway in 1884. A new 10-page introduction by Machen written specially for this edition first appears here. Oliver Stonor (Stoner), pseudonym of Frederick Field Stoner (he also used the pseudonym 'Morchard Bishop'), 1903-1987, was an English novelist, reviewer, translator, and man of letters. In the 1920's he joined the wide and varied circle of those who sought out and admired Machen for his conversation as well as for his writing; he became "one of Arthur Machen's most valued friends... acting as... Boswell (to Machen's Johnson)" (Valentine and Dobson, Arthur Machen: Apostle of Wonder, 1985, p. ix). Oliver Stoner also translated 'The Way to Succeed' by Beroalde de Verville (The Hesperides Press, 1930), done in a limited edition with a foreword by Arthur Machen.