London: Harmsworth Bros., Limited, 1898-1899. [Literary Magazine] FIRST APPEARANCE. Octavo (25 x 18cm), pp.viii; 672. With black and white in-text illustrations throughout. Publisher's green cloth with black titles and gilt decoration to spine and upper board. All edges speckled red. Offsetting to endpapers, some ink marks to flyleaf, pencil ownership to half title. Some browning to margins. Light rubbing and bumping to cloth with a few marks. Very good. This early tale of adventure is WSC's only short story, and together with the novel 'Savrola' constitutes Churchill's entire fictional oeuvre. The story did not reappear until after the author's death, (June 1965, 'The Argosy'), nearly seven decades after the first publication. This issue also contains the short story 'A Princess In Green and Tan' by Arthur Preston, featuring six illustrations from a young Arthur Rackham, drawn very much in the popular Sidney Paget (Sherlock Holmes) style, familiar to readers of the rival 'Strand Magazine', as well as two stories by Richard Marsh. Item #54064
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