THE GLORIOUS MYSTERY, by Arthur Machen - 1924 [1st ed., DJ]


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The Glorious Mystery

by Arthur Machen

edited by Vincent Starrett 

First edition.  Chicago:  Covici-McGhee Co., 1924 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition, with a GOOD DJ under Mylar.

  • Blue superfine cloth covers are mostly clean, with gilt illustration.
  • Boards show some edgewear, darkening around periphery.  Corners are bumped and scuffed.  See photos.  
  • Spine has gilt text dimmed and is darkened, with crushed ends.
  • Binding is secure.  
  • Pastedowns and feps have some light foxing, bookseller sticker.  See photos. 
  • Interior is age-toned; some light foxing at page edges.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.  See photos.
  • Text block edges have deckle fore and foot edges, blue ink at head.  
  • Original DJ is nicely preserved behind Mylar and is backed with archival paper.
  • Close examination of DJ shows darkening at edges and spine, heavy edgewear and bumping, many small chips especially at spine ends and corners, return corners are all clipped.  See photos. 
  • PS2023.0816

219 pages. 5.25 x 7.5 inches

In 1924, when this work was published, The Glorious Mystery constituted a "new volume of [the] collected tales and sketches" by the Welsh author Arthur Machen (1868-1947).  Machen was well known already in the 1890s for his supernatural, fantasy, and horror stories; this collection centers on the Holy Grail, or Sangraal, the "Glorious Mystery" of the title.  

In the original dust jacket, which advertises this as a genuine First Edition.  One thousand copies printed.  

AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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