London: Constable & Co Ltd., 1941. First Edition. Small octavo, original dark blue cloth lettered in silver on spine, all edges trimmed. 258 pp., full colour frontispiece by Ardizzone on glazed paper. PRESENTATION COPY, with A Signed Inscription from the author dated the year of Publication: "Oliver Stonor / from Arthur Machen / Christmas, 1941". Small bump at base of spine, a very good, clean copy in the original colour pictorial dust jacket (bearing the same image by Ardizzone as the Frontispiece); the jacket is very slightly browned and shows some light foxing, with some moderate chips at spine head and top edge of the rear panel. The front jacket flap has the original price (8/6 net) intact. An excellent association copy. Goldstone & Sweetser 124. Item #311850
¶ Contains a 12-page Introduction by Machen written specially for this edition. 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 Stonor 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.