1st expanded edition (contains "Price Zaleski" & "The Return of Prince Zaleski" and two essays), limited to 400 cloth copies, Fine in Fine DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 47715
About the Author: Matthew Phipps Shiell (1865 - 1947) - known as M. P. Shiel - was a prolific British writer of West Indian descent. His legal surname remained "Shiell" though he adopted the shorter version as a de facto pen name. He is remembered mostly for supernatural horror and scientific romances. His work was published as serials, novels and as short stories. The Purple Cloud (1901; 1929) remains his most famous and often reprinted novel.
Title: Prince Zaleski
Publication Date: 2002
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Expanded Edition.
Book Description Tartarus, Leyburn, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Expanded Edition. 1st expanded edition (contains "Price Zaleski" & "The Return of Prince Zaleski" and two essays), limited to 400 cloth copies, Fine in Fine DJ. Seller Inventory # 0054212
Book Description Tartarus Press:, Leyburn, 2002. Condition: New. First edition thus, Hardcover, New in dust jacket, Three tales originally collected in John Lane's Keynotes edition, (1893) along with three further stories, one unfinished, which represent later 'collaborations' with the poet, writer and literary researcher John Gawsworth. Brian Stableford provides his usual entertaining and illuminating introduction. A beautiful edition and produced in a quantity of only 400 copies. Seller Inventory # 17847
Book Description Tartarus Press: North Yorkshire, 2002. Hardcover. First edition thus (& 1st printing).. Contains the three tales originally collected in the John Lane 1893 edition, along with three further stories (one unfinished), which were later 'collaborations' with the poet and writer John Gawsworth: new introduction by Brian Stableford, plus a note on the genesis of the three later stories. 400 copies printed. Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new). Seller Inventory # 09826
Book Description Tartarus Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Tartarus Press. Coverley House, Carlton, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4AY, United Kingdom, 2002. Hardcover. Sewn Binding. pp 187+xxvii. UK FIRST EDITION. AS NEW and an UNREAD copy. LIMITED EDITION of 400 copies. Full Print Run Limited to 400 copies. OUT OF PRINT. Introduction by Brian Stableford. Printed lithographically in dark blue wibalin cloth stamped in silver and gold. With marbled endpapers, dark blue silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands and d/w. Illustrated. Fine book in Fine dust jacket. Please see the photographs attached to my listing to verify the condition of this book. Prince Zaleski Synopsis: CONTENTS: Prince Zaleski by Brian Stableford/ A note on the Zaleski Stories by R.B. Russell/ The Race of Orven/ The Stone of the Edmundsbury Monks/ The S.S./The Murena Murder/ The Missing Merchants/ The Hargen Inheritance. SYNOPSIS: Arguably the most decadent of all fictional sleuths, Prince Zaleski relies upon the methods of ratiocination so beloved of Sherlock Holmes. But unlike his deer-stalkered colleague, Zaleski rarely needs even to leave his divan to solve the perplexing mysteries that Shiel brings before him. Rather than give crude chase to the perpetrators of these sophisticated crimes, Zaleski reclines elegantly in his semi-ruined abbey, a bizarrerie of half-weird sheen and gloom, smoking hashish and fashioning solutions from his encyclopaedic knowledge of the esoteric. Although he is in this respect akin to Edgar Allan Poes detective, Auguste Dupin, Zaleski is primarily an up-to-the-minute 1890s aesthete, prompting one critic to suggest that he is based on that tragically extravagant poet of death, Count Eric Stenbock. Prince Zaleski contains the three tales originally collected in John Lanes Keynotes edition, (1893) along with three further stories, one unfinished, which represent later collaborations with the poet, writer and literary researcher John Gawsworth. Brian Stableford provides an illuminating Introduction to the twilight world of Prince Zaleski, and R.B. Russells Note explains the genesis of the three stories written with John Gawsworth. REVIEWS: 'Prince Zaleski, an impressive, attractive offering to the macabre enthusiast's library, presents ample evidence of the title character's decadent mysticism and Shiel's prowess as a stylist, building torrents of acrobatic logic and emotional overflow with solidly layered, carefully sequenced building-blocks of description and pacing. A memorable collection by an author who deserves more exposure.' Hellnotes 'Prince Zaleski is published by Tartarus Press so you know you are getting an extremely high-quality product. All their books are durable and elegant, even attractive in an academic sort of way. . . . It is an exceptional book in every way, and one that will be particularly prized by collectors. Highly recommended.' Wayne Edwards, Cemetery Dance 'A memorable collection by an author who deserves more exposure.' William Simmons, Infinity Plus 'An indispensable acquisition for all who relish the elegant and eccentric in detection.' Sherlock 'Triumphantly over the top and, by turns, atmospheric, pulpish, cranky, maddening and absurd, the Zaleski stories continue to intrigue, and this is unquestionably the definitive edition.' Douglas Campbell, All Hallows 'Tartarus Press reissues Shiel's stories featuring this most darkly decadent of detectives, with an introduction by Brian Stableford and featuring the additional stories completed by John Gawsworth. Hopefully we can jumpstart a Shiel renaissance.' Gabriel Messa, 'A Year's Best List', Fantastic Metropolis. Language: eng. Seller Inventory # WFTB #067