THE HIDDEN PLAYER by Alfred Noyes. First Edition, first printing published in 1924 by Hodder and Stoughton.
Condition: Book; Vg, Original publisher’s green cloth with gilt stamped titles to the spine. Light corner rubbing and light wear only to the tips of the spine. Some minor/superficial marks to the cloth. Contents are clean and tightly bound, no marks, foxing or inscriptions. Wrapper; Fine, An exceptional and remarkable survivor, priced at 7/6 net. The incredibly atmospheric wrapper depicts a scene from the title story ‘The Hidden Player’ in which a black suited man stands on a giant chess board overlooked by a Hooded, Spectral Apparition of Death….oh yeah. The very lightest of wear /rubbing to the very extremeties of the wrapper only, the white spine is as white as white could be as is the lower panel and flaps. Wrapper’s don't get any more desirable in this Genre, find another like this….
Bleiler says; ‘After pondering Huxley’s trope that life is like a game of chess against an unknown player, Martin discovers that he is playing a game of chess against an inevitable opponent. He loses and knows that tragedy is near. A sordid affair from his past results in the suicide of his illegitimate son who has been committing incest, and in Martin’s suicide’ … sounds beautifully bleak and grim. Other supernatural stories include Beyond the Desert, The Immortal, Bill’s Phantasm and Red Rat.