First edition, first printing published in 1919 by John Lane/The Bodley Head. 

Book: Fine, 301pp. Original mauve cloth with blind-stamped borders and titles, gilt stamped titles to the spine. The boards are crisp and very clean, the titles bright and fresh, internally the pages are very tightly bound, crisp, flush and possibly unread. A very fine copy thanks to the prescence of the jacket. Published posthumously following his death, this volume also contains a portrait frontispiece and memoir of the author, it is dedicated to the 22nd Royal Fusiliers.  


Dust-jacket: Vg. These pre 1920's dustjackets on Saki first editions are incredibly scarce and infact go unrecorded in bibliographical reference material. The dreamlike weirdness of the pictorial jacket wonderfully sums up Saki's macabre playfulness, depicting a malevolent black cat slinking through a selection of bizarre toys. The wrapper is priced at 7/- to the spine and advertises 'New and Forthcoming Novels' to the lower panel which includes this title and Marion Fox's impossible genre rarity 'The Mystery Keepers' as well as 'The Golden Rope' by J W Brodie Innes. Some light chipping to the hinge corners and spine tips (not effecting the text), light wear along the top edge of the front panel and along hinge lengths, the whiter areas of the spine, lower panel and flaps have the lightest soiling and remain very clean. An excellent example of a very, very scarce dust-jacket. 


*Contains a number of supernatural/strange tales which include the superb 'WOLVES OF CZERNOGRATZ', 'The Hedgehog', 'The Phantom Luncheon', 'An Image of the Lost Soul'. Covered by all major genre bibliographers, Ashley, Bleiler, Sullivan, Barron and Wilson. "Although Saki is not primarily remembered as a supernatural horror writer, his contributions to the genre are of jewel-like quality." - Tymn.