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Title: The Purple Cloud Title Record # 14970
Author: M. P. Shiel
Date: 1901-00-00
Type: NOVEL
Webpages: Wikipedia-EN
Language: English
Note: Originally serialised in The Royal Magazine from January to June 1901. Collected in hardcover in September 1901 according to "Shiel and Heard: The Neglected Thinkers of SF" by Sam Moskowitz, Fantastic, August 1960.
Synopsis: Around 1900, the author receives a packet of writings of a psychic, who recounts her vision of the multi-decade diary of an arctic explorer of the future, the first to reach the north pole; but during his multiyear trek, an unknown eruption temporarily poisons the atmosphere with cyanide, killing all human and animal life, sparing only the arctic latitudes and leaving him the last man on earth.
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Other Titles

Translations Serializations
Year Language Title
1967Translated by J. Rodolfo Wilcock
Italian La nube purpurea
1972Translated by Jean Gibet
French Le nuage pourpre
1975 Italian La nube purpurea [as by Matthew P. Shiel]
1982Translated by Hans Maeter
German Die purpurne Wolke [as by Matthew Phipps Shiel]
2023Translated by Peter Torberg
German Die purpurne Wolke [as by Matthew Phipps Shiel]
Year Title
1901 The Purple Cloud (Part 1 of 6)
1901 The Purple Cloud (Part 2 of 6)
1901 The Purple Cloud (Part 3 of 6)
1901 The Purple Cloud (Part 4 of 6)
1901 The Purple Cloud (Part 5 of 6)
1901 The Purple Cloud (Part 6 of 6)
1949 The Purple Cloud (Complete Novel)

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
The Purple Cloud 1901-00-00 M. P. Shiel Chatto & Windus     463
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
The Royal Magazine, January 1901 1901-01-00 ed. Editors of The Royal Magazine C. Arthur Pearson  
-/4?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
 
octavo?5.5" by 8.5" magazine, usually saddle-stapled, instead of side-stapled or glued
mag  
The Royal Magazine, February 1901 1901-02-00 ed. Editors of The Royal Magazine C. Arthur Pearson  
-/4?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
 
octavo?5.5" by 8.5" magazine, usually saddle-stapled, instead of side-stapled or glued
mag  
The Royal Magazine, March 1901 1901-03-00 ed. Editors of The Royal Magazine C. Arthur Pearson  
-/4?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
 
octavo?5.5" by 8.5" magazine, usually saddle-stapled, instead of side-stapled or glued
mag  
The Royal Magazine, April 1901 1901-04-00 ed. Editors of The Royal Magazine C. Arthur Pearson      
octavo?5.5" by 8.5" magazine, usually saddle-stapled, instead of side-stapled or glued
mag  
The Royal Magazine, May 1901 1901-05-00 ed. Editors of The Royal Magazine C. Arthur Pearson  
-/4?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
 
octavo?5.5" by 8.5" magazine, usually saddle-stapled, instead of side-stapled or glued
mag  
The Royal Magazine, June 1901 1901-06-00 ed. Editors of The Royal Magazine C. Arthur Pearson      
octavo?5.5" by 8.5" magazine, usually saddle-stapled, instead of side-stapled or glued
mag  
The Purple Cloud 1929-00-00 M. P. Shiel Gollancz  
42/-?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
288
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
The Purple Cloud 1930-00-00 M. P. Shiel Vanguard Press  
$2.50?$: US dollar
ix+
294
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel Checkmark
The Purple Cloud 1931-00-00 M. P. Shiel Gollancz  
2/6?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
288
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
The Purple Cloud 1946-11-00 M. P. Shiel World Publishing Co. F-135
$1.00?$: US dollar
202
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel Soshensky Checkmark
Famous Fantastic Mysteries, June 1949 1949-06-00 ed. Mary Gnaedinger All-Fiction Field, Inc.  
$0.25?$: US dollar
132
pulp?Magazine using the common pulp size: 6.5" by 9.5". For ISFDB purposes this may also be used as a designation for the quality of the paper. There are some untrimmed pulps that are as large as 8" by 11.75
mag Lawrence Checkmark
The Purple Cloud 1963-00-00 M. P. Shiel Gollancz (Rare Works of Imaginative Fiction #1)  
18/-?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
288
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel Checkmark
The Purple Cloud 1963-08-00 M. P. Shiel Paperback Library 52-232
$0.50?$: US dollar
191
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Richard Powers Checkmark
The Purple Cloud 1966-04-00 M. P. Shiel Paperback Library 52-944
$0.50?$: US dollar
191
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Checkmark
The Purple Cloud 1966-04-00 M. P. Shiel Paperback Library 52-944
C$0.50?C$: Canadian dollar
191
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Checkmark
La nube purpurea 1967-06-00 M. P. Shiel Adelphi Edizioni (Biblioteca Adelphi #13) 88-459-0047-9 / 061132
Lit 3,000?Lit: Italian lira
338
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
novel Max Ernst  
The Purple Cloud 1969-00-00 M. P. Shiel Panther 027068
6/-?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
221+
[1]
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Checkmark
Le nuage pourpre 1972-00-00 M. P. Shiel
Denoël?Denoel
(
Présence du Futur?Presence du Futur
#149-150)
     
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel  
Le nuage pourpre 1972-07-24 M. P. Shiel
Denoël?Denoel
(
Présence du Futur?Presence du Futur
#149-150)
    311
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel  
The Purple Cloud 1973-11-00 M. P. Shiel Warner Paperback Library 0-446-75477-3
$0.95?$: US dollar
191
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Chuck Sovek Checkmark
La nube purpurea 1975-08-19 Matthew P. Shiel Mondadori (Oscar #626) 12548
Lit 1,200?Lit: Italian lira
274
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Paolo Guidotti  
The Purple Cloud 1977-06-00 M. P. Shiel Gregg Press 0-8398-2381-9
$20.00?$: US dollar
xviii+
iv+
463
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
The Purple Cloud 1978-00-00 M. P. Shiel Gollancz (Gollancz Fantasy) 0-575-02581-6
£4.50?£: UK pound
288
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
The Empress of the Earth 1898; The Purple Cloud 1901; Some Short Stories 1979-00-00 M. P. Shiel Reynolds Morse Foundation (Works of M.P. Shiel #1) 0-934236-00-3   xxxii+
148+
vi+
60+
iv+
157
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
The Works of M. P. Shiel, Volume 1: The Writings 1979-00-00 M. P. Shiel Reynolds Morse Foundation 0-934236-00-3   xxxii+
148+
vi+
60
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Die purpurne Wolke 1982-01-00 Matthew Phipps Shiel Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3859) 3-453-30789-5
DM 6.80?DM: German (Deutsche) mark
332
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Giuseppe Festino Checkmark
The Purple Cloud 1986-00-00 M. P. Shiel Allison & Busby 0-85031-625-1
£3.95?£: UK pound
288
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel William Holman Hunt Checkmark
The Purple Cloud 2000-09-00 M. P. Shiel Bison Books (Bison Frontiers of Imagination) 0-8032-9279-1
$13.95?$: US dollar
xvii+
294
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
novel R. W. Boeche Checkmark
The Purple Cloud 2004-02-01 M. P. Shiel Project Gutenberg 11229    
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
novel  
The Purple Cloud 2004-03-17 M. P. Shiel Tartarus Press 1-872621-81-3
£30.00?£: UK pound
xv+
286
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
The House of Sounds and Others 2005-07-00 M. P. Shiel Hippocampus Press (Lovecraft's Library) 0-9748789-6-0
$20.00?$: US dollar
299
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
The Purple Cloud 2012-07-26 M. P. Shiel Penguin Books (Penguin Classics) 978-0-14-119642-8
£9.99?£: UK pound
352
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
novel  
The Purple Cloud 2012-07-26 M. P. Shiel Penguin Books (Penguin Classics) 978-0-14-196758-5
£6.49?£: UK pound
 
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
novel  
The Purple Cloud 2013-02-09 M. P. Shiel CreateSpace 978-1-4825-0679-2
$8.99?$: US dollar
188
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
novel  
The Purple Cloud 2013-06-14 M. P. Shiel LibriVox  
$0.00?$: US dollar
 
digital audio download?Digital recording in any format that is downloaded directly from the Internet. This category includes podcasts.
novel  
The Purple Cloud 2022-05-31 M. P. Shiel Blackstone Publishing  
$32.87?$: US dollar
 
digital audio download?Digital recording in any format that is downloaded directly from the Internet. This category includes podcasts.
novel  
Die purpurne Wolke 2023-08-31 Matthew Phipps Shiel Die Andere Bibliothek (Die Andere Bibliothek #462) 978-3-8477-0462-1
€48.00?€: Euro
317+
[2]
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel Mike Topping  
The Purple Cloud date unknown M. P. Shiel Allison & Busby (Allison & Busby Fantastic Fiction Library) 0-85031-625-1
£3.95?£: UK pound
288
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
novel William Holman Hunt Checkmark
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