Here's something nifty that came in the mail just the other day: The Emperor's Crystal by Lord Dunsany. This is volume II of Lost Tales, the Pegana Press series of chapbooks reprinting uncollected short fiction of Lord Dunsany for the first time.
I received The Emperor's Crystal because I'd contributed an introduction to Lost Tales, Vol. I. The new chapbook contains an admirable introduction by Darrell Schweitzer, one of the world's foremost authorities on Lord Dunsany and the only person I know who's actually been to Dunsany Castle, a never-before-published drawing by Dunsany himself, and nine stories by the master fantasist, one of which, "The Secret Order," is published here for the first time ever.
There are two groups of people who will be interested in this: Dunsany completists and connoisseurs of fine printing. For the latter, I will mention that the chapbook is folio bound with sky blue French paper and hand sewn in two color Irish linen thread. It is typeset with Goudy Franciscan & Friar Typefaces in 1920 Era Black Ink for Text & Reflex Blue for Ornaments and Titles.
For the rest of us, I will say only that the paper is gorgeous and the printing is too. Running one's fingertips over the page is a tactile pleasure. All the work, including the typesetting is done by hand. And it is published in an edition strictly limited to 92 printed copies.
Those who are likely to buy this book -- and you know who you are -- already know what this sort of thing costs. The rest of us may turn pale at the thought of spending $110 for a chapbook or $160 for the hardbound (gray cotton cloth cover with inset pastedown and tiger end papers from Nepal) edition. But that is, as I said, what this sort of thing costs.
How pleasant to own a copy, though! I'm extremely happy for myself.
You can order this or one of several other infinitely desirable works from Pegana Press here.