London: The Shoe Lane Publishing Co., No Date. Reprint. Octavo, original light peach coloured boards lettered in black on spine and front panel. 254 pp. Browning to text block, tiny split to cloth at outer spine hinge, boards slightly discoloured at edges. A very good, tight copy in the rare colour pictorial dust jacket which has two small closed tears at base of spine panel (minimal loss) with a small mark from some old tape, long removed. The jacket is priced at 1/ on the spine panel. Item #312026
¶ The author's first published book, first issued by Greening in 1904. A macabre supernatural tale in which the narrator is sent to hell following his suicide and from there back to earth to corrupt the souls of the living. This is an excessively rare edition, which is virtually identical to the Benman's reprint edition; but with the 'Shoe Lane' impint on the title page and 'Published by Shoe Lane Publishing Co. London / Printed in France' at base of final leaf of text. The Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris lists the Benman edition as 1927 and this Shoe Lane Press edition as 1929.
Price (USD): $350.00