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The Captain of the Pole Star: Weird and Imaginative Fiction -by Arthur Conan Doyle  / Ash Tree Press  (inc. Great Keinplatz Experiment; Ring Thoth; Speckled Band; De Profundis; Lot No. 249; Sealed Room; Brazlian Cat; Legend of Hound of Baskervilles, etc) by  Arthur Conan ( Sir ); Preface By Michael Dirda; Introduction By Barbara and Christopher Roden/ Ash Tree Press Doyle - First Edition - 2004 - from Leonard Shoup  and Biblio.com

The Captain of the Pole Star: Weird and Imaginative Fiction -by Arthur Conan Doyle / Ash Tree Press (inc. Great Keinplatz Experiment; Ring Thoth; Speckled Band; De Profundis; Lot No. 249; Sealed Room; Brazlian Cat; Legend of Hound of Baskervilles, etc)

by Doyle, Arthur Conan ( Sir ); Preface By Michael Dirda; Introduction By Barbara and Christopher Roden/ Ash Tree Press

Condition: Fine (see description)/Fine (see description)


Ashcroft, British Columbia: Ashcroft, BC (previously Pennyffordd. Chester, UK ): Ash Tree Press / AshTree, 2004, 1st Edition, First Printing, 2004. ----------hardcover, a Fine example, in a Fine dustjacket, unread, ---"Few authors have seized the imagination of the public as strongly as did Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 -1930). When the first Sherlock Holmes short stories began appearing in The Strand Magazine in 1891 his fame was assured, and he quickly became one of the best-known writers in the world. He was able to turn his hand to almost any type of fiction: tales of mystery, detection, science fiction, comedy, romance, Napoleonic and mediaeval life, and rousing adventure. He created such memorable characters as Brigadier Gerard and Professor Challenger, wrote scores of short stories and more than two dozen novels, was active in various causes for much of his life, and was knighted by Queen Victoria. Yet everything he did was carried out in the shadow of Sherlock Holmes. --This shadow has had the effect of obscuring much of his other work; work that, had it come from another hand, would probably be better known and more widely praised today. While Conan Doyle is rightly acknowledged as a fine writer of detective stories, he was also an accomplished teller of tales featuring the weird, the supernatural, and the horrific. It was an area in which, as a writer, he showed an early interest: the first story he is known to have sent for publication, The Haunted Grange of Goresthorpe, was written when the author was only eighteen. The Captain of the Pole-Star, the most complete volume of ACD's weird fiction ever published, showcases this aspect of Conan Doyle's writing through thirty-seven stories of the mysterious and the macabre. Among the tales collected here are stories of ghosts and mummies, psychic vampires and psychological terror, and horrors of the earth and sky—all told in the inimitable style of one of the world's greatest storytellers. --CONTENTS: Preface by Michael Dirda; Introduction by Christopher & Barbara Roden; The Haunted Grange of Goresthorpe; The American's Tale; The Captain of the 'Pole-Star'; The Winning Shot; The Silver Hatchet; Selecting A Ghost; J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement; The Blood-Stone Tragedy; John Barrington Cowles; The Great Keinplatz Experiment; Cyprian Overbeck Wells; The Ring of Thoth; A Pastoral Horror; The Speckled Band; 'De Profundis'; Lot No. 249; The Los Amigos Fiasco; The Case of Lady Sannox; The Lord of Château Noir; The Parasite; The Striped Chest; The Fiend of the Cooperage; The New Catacomb; The Sealed Room; The Retirement of Signor Lambert; The Brazlian Cat; The Brown Hand; Playing With Fire; The Legend of the Hound of the Baskervilles; The Leather Funnel; The Silver Mirror; The Terror of Blue John Gap; The Blighting of Sharkey; Through the Veil; How It Happened; The Horror of the Heights; The Bully of Brocas Court; The Lift; Sources, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo ///NOT SIGNED///. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine (see description)/Fine (see description). Illus. by Paul Lowe Cover Art. NOT Price Clipped.

From the book:September 11th. - Lat. 81 degrees 40' N.; long. 2 degrees E. Still lying-to amid enormous ice fields. The one which stretches away to the north of us, and to which our ice-anchor is attached, cannot be smaller than an English county. To the right and left unbroken sheets extend to the horizon. This morning the mate reported that there were signs of pack ice to the southward. Should this form of sufficient thickness to bar our return, we shall be in a position of danger, as the food, I hear, is already running somewhat short. It is late in the season, and the nights are beginning to reappear. This morning I saw a star twinkling just over the fore-yard, the first since the beginning of May. There is considerable discontent among the crew, many of whom are anxious to get back home to be in time for the herring season, when labour always commands a high price upon the Scotch coast. As yet their displea-sure is only signified by sullen countenances and black looks, but I heard from the second mate this afternoon that they contemplated sending a deputation to the Captain to explain their grievance. I much doubt how he will receive it, as he is a man of fierce temper, and very sensitive about anything approaching to an infringement of his rights. I shall venture after dinner to say a few words to him upon the subject. I have always found that he will tolerate from me what he would resent from any other member of the crew. Amsterdam Island, at the north-west corner of Spitzbe-rgen, is visible upon our starboard quarter-a rugged line of volcanic rocks, intersected by white seams, which represent glaciers. It is curious to think that at the present moment there is probably no human being nearer to us than the Danish settlements in the south of Greenland - a good nine hundred miles as the crow flies. A captain takes a great responsibility upon him-self when he risks his vessel under such circumstances. No whaler has ever remained in these latitudes till so advanced a period of the year.




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