by Mark Valentine
Illustrations: Santiago Caruso
Publication Date: February 2011
Details about the book: sewn hardcover with dust-jacket printed on heavy cardboard paper, cloth boards, gold folio, silk ribbon, end papers and full-color frontispiece.


The Peacock Escritoire is less a simple gathering of fine stories and more of an homage to the many different copes, dalmatics and mosaics of the Old World. Think about it as a fabulous wayward Exposition Internationale catalogue of epiphanies, wonders, sacred mysteries and veiled heresies. If St. Petersburg had survived civil war and become an international city where trafficking in holy relics drew certain powers in; if the soothsayers of Prague saw the truth in the fortunes of a young street artist; if the author of Dr Saprophyte knew what his friends thought of his books; if a dream museum released its dreams; if a dying Russian futurist knew more than he could say; if an Alexandrian jasper held the clue to serpentine secrets; if a stranger returned a Judas coin; all these possibilities and more are to be found in the latest collection of short stories by Mark Valentine. Seven fantastic new stories and six published but hard to find, they follow the admired work in his previous collections, The Nightfarers and The Mascarons of the Late Empire & Other Studies.


The Ka of Astarakhan
The Late Post
A Revelation of Cormorants
The Amber Cigarette
Sime in Samarkand
Morpheus House
The Antioch Imperial
A Certain Power
The Tontine of Thirteen
The Second Master
The Autumn Keeper
The Days on Castel Rosso
Echoes of Saumurz
The Return to Trebizond
The Old Light

The Peacock Escritoire Box Set contents:

i. The Peacock Escritoire volume collection
ii. Shards & Plumes: Journal Notes; over 70 single pages with Notes, Unfinished Stories, Journal Entries and more, printed on thick paper; coming in a special made envelope
iii. three large postcards
iv. an old map of Trebizond
v. the Santiago Caruso Portofolio. 11 amazing illustrations done especially for this edition. Paintings printed on deluxe paper, very large format
vi. a heavy clothed box with sigil and silver lettering on the spine and the front cover, to hold the book and all the many extras

Other Ex Occidente Titles by Mark Valentine
The Rite of Trebizond and Other Tales
The Mascarons of the Late Empire & Other Studies
The Nightfarers

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