London: Rich & Cowan, Ltd., . First Edition. Octavo, original terra-cotta cloth, spine lettered in green, all edges trimmed, top edges stained green.  pp. Inner hinge neatly repaired at title leaf, light evidence of a label removed from front paste-down, cloth worn at eges and repaired along rear spine hinge, binding somewhat soiled. A good, sound copy of a very scarce book. Goldstone & Sweetser 47a. Item #311840
¶ "The Cosy Room and Other Stories is a collection of Arthur Machen's short stories edited by (and dedicated to) John Gawsworth (aka Fytton Armstrong). As well as exhuming some very early tales published in the first half of the 1890s, Gawsworth included Machen's decadent prose poems from Ornaments in Jade, and later work commissioned by Lady Cynthia Asquith for collections such as The Ghost Book (1926) and Shudders (1929). Among other curious items, The Cosy Room collected 'The Islington Mystery', an account of the likely murder of a taxidermist's wife by her husband. But the highlight of the collection is 'N', the only original contribution to The Cosy Room, and perhaps the most interesting and thought-provoking story of Arthur Machen's later career. ' 'N' . is a distillation of many ideas he had previously explored, but they are perhaps more perfectly expressed in this tale than in any other." - paraphrased from the Tartarus pPress edition. Contents: ‘The Double Return’, ‘A Wonderful Woman’, ‘The Lost Club’, ‘The Holy Things’, ‘Psychology’, ‘Torture’, ‘Witchcraft’, ‘The Turanians’, ‘The Rose Garden’, ‘The Ceremony’, ‘Midsummer’, ‘Nature’, ‘The Hidden Mystery’, ‘Munitions of War’, ‘Drake’s Drum’, ‘A New Christmas Carol’, ‘The Islington Mystery’, ‘The Gift of Tongues’, ‘The Cosy Room’, ‘Awaking’, ‘Opening the Door’, ‘The Compliments of the Season’, ‘N’.