First edition, first printing published 1927 by Duckworth, London.

Book: Vg+, 192pp. Publisher's original powder blue cloth with black titles to the spine. Corners are sharp and square, the cloth hasn't a single mark to it, bright and fresh boards, light pushing to spine tips otherwise no fading whatsoever, bold titles. Foxing to the text block and prelim's otherwise this is a fine copy. 

Jacket: Vg- First printing jacket is priced at 6/- The superb pictorial cover depicts a witch with her broom on a hillside, beautifully printed in purple and green. Light chipping to the spine tips and hinge corners, the jacket is toned and foxed. Extremely scarce in the jacket.

 

* In the enchanting forward the author writes: "At midnight of Midsummer's Eve (the hour at which, in the appended tale, Lady Hermione Flourish came to the cottage of the Witch), the stony pavements of Whitehall turned golden by the moon, are invaded by the Strange; the Pipes of Pan are heard dimly sweet"

A novel of Witchcraft set at a party in society London on Midsummer's Eve, Kensington Gardens when all the enchanted beings of Lore come alive, not least the last Witch, Emmeline Turner. Compared in a contemporary review to Saki, in it's balance of the macabre and mischievous treatment of the supernatural. 

The Passionate Clowns: The Story of a Modern Witch by Holt Marvell

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