Publisher San Francisco: Johnck & Seeger, Printers, 1931
Seller ID SCP912-005
LIMITED EDITION of 110 copies, this is number 39. 4to. 11 1/2 x 8 inches. (7) pp. Frontispiece illustration by Lawrence A. Patterson, head- and tailpieces also by Patterson; text clean, unmarked. Quarter dark green cloth, green paper over boards, titled in green, clear plastic dust jacket; binding square and tight, bumps to top edge and fore-edge of front cover, front cover lightly soiled. Very Good. Presswork by Lawton Kennedy. Richard Middleton was an English poet and author which is best known for his ghost stories. This is an excerpt from his novel Queen Melanie and the Wood-boy. Middleton worked for a spell as a bank clerk (1901-1907), then moved out of his parent's house into rooms in Blackfriars where the coined The New Bohemians club, where he acquired literary contacts who included Arthur Machen, Louis McQuilland, and Christopher Wilson. Suffering from depression, Middleton took his own life in Brussels in 1911. Lawrence A. Patterson was born in Fresno, California; he studied art in San Francisco at the California School of Fine Arts, and later in Mexico City. Upon returning to San Francisco in the 1920s, Patterson was active in the local art scene and became interested in printmaking and book illustration working with Lawton Kennedy. In 1932 Patterson moved to San Mateo where he taught art for 30 years at the San Mateo Junior College.
Queen Melanie and the Wood-boy, Richard Barham Middleton, Anthony Lawrence Patterson,