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    M. P. Shiel. The Purple Cloud. London: 1901. First edition.

    More Information: M.P. Shiel. The Purple Cloud. London: Chatto & Windus, 1901. First edition. Octavo. [4], 463, [1], 4, 32 pages. Publisher's full green cloth, spine lettered in gilt with purple and white decoration, front lettered in white and black with purple, white, and black decoration; bottom edge untrimmed, others trimmed, top edge gilt. Very slight skew to spine; spine ends pushed and worn, backstrip sunned and heavily foxed, a bit of light rubbing to lettering; joints worn; fairly mild amount of rubbing to boards with some foxing and spot-soiling; fairly extensive discoloration and wear to board edges; corners tapped with boards peeking through cloth. Top edge gilding a bit faded and soiled, with some loss toward fore-edge; fore-edge foxed with a handful of faint drip stains toward bottom; some page edges pushed or just slightly fraying. Extensive foxing throughout, including endpapers; purple subscription library label tipped to front pastedown, slightly offset onto free endpaper; spine split between pages 160 and 161, but still sound; final set of ads tanned. A good copy of this early "last man" novel. From the Glynn and Suzanne Crain Collection.

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