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    ACCREDITED GHOST STORIES. Collected by T. M. Jarvis, Esq. .. by Jarvis, T. M

    London: Printed for J. Andrews, New Bond Street, 1823.. 12mo, pp. [i-v] vi [vii-viii] [1] 2-235 [236: blank], rebound in nineteenth-century three-quarter brown leather and marbled boards, spine panel ruled in gold, black leather title label. First edition. A collection of credulous ghost stories based on UK legends and folklore, an early forerunner of similar compilations of "true" ghost stories by Catherine Crowe and Elliott O'Donnell. "When Horace Walpole used all the apparatus of Gothic fantasy in THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO (1765) he created a literary vehicle for ghosts without establishing the ghost story; the spectres were merely a stage effect. But they now became the stock-in-trade of the Gothic school of writing. In these novels a haunted edifice was an inevitable centerpiece. In most cases the hauntings were contrived by human agency or the ghost had a walk-on part in order to provoke the action; in much fewer cases were the ghost genuinely supernatural, with a more significant role. Most of these books were formulaic and repetitive, but a few are worthy of note ... Although the better Gothics also utilized ghosts, these were usually rationalized. The use of sheeted spectres, wailing phantoms, rattling chains and gibbering skeletons reduced the supernatural element to burlesque, and the Gothic ghost story was soon parodied in such works as NIGHTMARE ABBEY (1818) by Thomas Love Peacock and NORTHANGER ABBEY (1818) by Jane Austen. Rudolph Ackermann published GHOST-STORIES; COLLECTED WITH A PARTICULAR VIEW TO COUNTERACT THE VULGAR BELIEF IN GHOSTS AND APPARITIONS ... (1823) in an effort to counter the excesses of the Gothic story ... In the UK the ghost story was as much influenced by folk tales and legend as by the Gothic romance. A number of ghost stories were collected in the same manner as the Grimm Brothers compiled their folk tales, and presented in narrative form. The main folklorists reporting these tales included James Hogg in WINTER EVENING TALES (1820) and THE SHEPHERD'S CALENDAR (1828), the brothers John and Michael Banim in REVELATIONS OF THE DEAD-ALIVE (1824) [this is future history, not a collection of folklore - LWC] and T. Crofton Croker in FAIRY LEGENDS AND TRADITIONS OF THE SOUTH OF IRELAND (1825). Their stories take the form of reportage of folk legends, but became increasingly humanized. The best-remembered collector of ghost stories was Catherine Crowe, with her highly influential THE NIGHT SIDE OF NATURE (1848), LIGHT AND DARKNESS (1850) and GHOSTS AND FAMILY LEGENDS (1858). These set the trend for 'real' ghost stories related in fictional narrative form, an approach that became very popular in the 1890s ..." - Clute and Grant, eds., The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 403. Private owner's bookplate affixed to front paste-down. Bound without the half title leaf and the final advertising leaf, light rubbing to leather al spine ends and corner tips and along outer joints, a very good copy. (#151810)


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    THE WIND IN THE ROSE-BUSH AND OTHER STORIES OF THE SUPERNATURAL .. by [Freeman], Mary E. Wilkins

    New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1903.. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-2] 3-237 [238-240] [note: last leaf is a blank], eight inserted plates with illustrations by Peter Newell, original pictorial light green cloth, front panel stamped in dark green, red, white and gold, spine panel stamped in dark green and gold. First edition. "New England regionalist writer, highly regarded for cameo like, naturalistic pictures of domestic life and for supernatural stories ... THE WIND IN THE ROSE-BUSH (1903), Freeman's only supernatural collection, is of greater critical and historical importance than its uniqueness might suggest. It is one of the very few bodies of work that combine domestic realism with supernaturalism, and it has been the founding document of a minor school within supernatural fiction (notably August Derleth and his followers). The individual stories are also excellent." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 163. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-71. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 662. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 231. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 395. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-259. Bleiler (1978), p. 77. Reginald 15339. BAL 6371 (BAL notes that Merle Johnson termed this binding the earliest). Cloth just a bit dusty, a bright, nearly fine copy of this lovely book. (#149536)


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    UNHOLY RELICS AND OTHER UNCANNY TALES by Dare, M[arcus] P[aul]

    Ashcroft, British Columbia: Ash-Tree Press, 1997.. Octavo, cloth. Later edition. Limited to 500 copies plus a few extras for legal deposit purposes. Reprint of the 1947 Edward Arnold edition with new "introduction" by Reg Meuross. "Antiquarian ghost stories, rather lurid in treatment; 'Borgia Pomade' and 'Bring Out Your Dead' probably the best of the lot." - Robert Knowlton. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 62. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 470. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 113. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-85. Bleiler (1978), p. 56. Reginald 03812. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#127215)


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    GHOSTS IN DAYLIGHT .. by Onions, Oliver (George Oliver)

    London: Chapman & Hall, Ltd., 1924.. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-2] 3-236. original maroon cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. Onions' second collection of supernatural fiction. Collects five stories: "The Ascending Dream," "The Honey in the Wall," "The Dear Dryad," "The Real People," and "The Woman in the Way." Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 141. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-155. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1262. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 709. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 309-10. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature I, pp. 294-99. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-188. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 398. Bleiler (1978), p. 151. Reginald 11002. Free endpapers tanned, a bit of rubbing to cloth along top edges, but a bright, very good or better copy. A nice copy of an uncommon title. (#154893)


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    SOME GHOST STORIES .. by Burrage, A[lfred] M[cLelland]

    [London]: Cecil Palmer, [1927].. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-iv] v-vii [viii] 1-276 [277-278: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in white, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. The first of Burrage's two collections of weird fiction (the other was SOMEONE IN THE ROOM [1931] published under the pseudonym "Ex-Private X"). "Burrage's underrated short stories are deft and subtle, and include a number of poignant posthumous fantasies." - Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-43. "The best stories in SOME GHOST STORIES and SOMEONE IN THE ROOM are intelligent, well crafted, and imaginative ...." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 64. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 47. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 314. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, pp. 43-4. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-53. Bleiler (1978), p. 35. Reginald 02267. A fine, bright copy. An excellent copy. (#152633)


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    UNCANNY STORIES .. by Sinclair, May

    New York: The Macmillan Company, 1923.. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-2] 3-362, fly leaf at rear, 21 full-page and many smaller illustrations by Jean de Bosschere throughout the text, original maroon cloth, front panel ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in gold. First U.S. edition. Collects a short novel, "The Flaw in the Crystal," and six short stories. A major collection of supernatural fiction. "An underrated writer ... Excellent." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1478. "Sinclair's stories are among the most outstanding examples of the ghost story as moral fable." - Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-178. Sinclair's "contribution to the genre, small as it is, is notable." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 387-88. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Supernatural Fiction, p. 163. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 957. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-198. Bleiler (1978), p. 180. Reginald 13211. Top edge of text block spotted, else a fine, bright copy in very good two-color pictorial dust jacket (designed by "WR") with faded spine panel, dime-sized circular abrasion to same, short closed tear to front panel near spine fold, several internal tape mends, and clipped price. A pretty nice example of a jacket rarely found in any condition. (#149260)


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    THE FELLOW TRAVELLERS AND OTHER GHOST STORIES by Hodgson, Sheila

    Ashcroft, British Columbia: Ash-Tree Press, 1998.. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Limited to 500 copies plus a few extras for legal deposit purposes. Collects twelve antiquarian ghost stories in the M. R. Jamesian tradition, most based on the author's radio plays, some of which took plots from an essay by M. R. James. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#127229)


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    SOME GHOST STORIES .. by Burrage, A[lfred] M[cLelland]

    [London]: Cecil Palmer, [1927].. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-iv] v-vii [viii] 1-276 [277-278: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in white, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. The first of Burrage's two collections of weird fiction (the other was SOMEONE IN THE ROOM [1931] published under the pseudonym "Ex-Private X"). "Burrage's underrated short stories are deft and subtle, and include a number of poignant posthumous fantasies." - Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-43. "The best stories in SOME GHOST STORIES and SOMEONE IN THE ROOM are intelligent, well crafted, and imaginative ...." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 64. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 47. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 314. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, pp. 43-4. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-53. Bleiler (1978), p. 35. Reginald 02267. Faint vertical crease to cloth of spine panel (a fault common to this binding), a bright, very good copy. An excellent copy of this book. (#154886)


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    ROLLOVER NIGHT: MORE BINSCOMBE TALES .. by Whitbourn, John

    [Hoole, Chester: Rosemary Pardoe, 1989.]. Octavo, pp. [1] 2-36, pictorial wrappers, stapled. First edition. Four more supernatural tales set in a fictional version of the village of Binscombe in southeast England, with a brief appendix by the author providing a checklist of all of his stories with this setting. A fine copy. (#142755)


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    MORE GREAT GHOST STORIES. Collected and Edited, with an Introduction on the Ghost Story.. by Dale, Harrison (editor)

    London: Herbert Jenkins Limited, [1932].. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-396 [397-400: ads], original sage green cloth, front panel stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, top edge stained green. First edition. A follow-up to the author's GREAT GHOST STORIES (1930). Anthology with a nice selection of old chestnuts (such as "Peter Rugg" and "Young Goodman Brown") as well as more out-of-the-way fare (such as "The Phantom Regiment" by James Grant and "Though One Rose from the Dead" by William Dean Howells). "A good selection of classics, with Dale's usual perceptive introduction; strong compliment of Victorian material." - Robert Knowlton. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 467. Bleiler (1978), p. 55. Reginald 03751. Endpapers foxed (interaction with the jacket flaps), else a fine, bright copy in decorated dust jacket printed in black on yellow stock. Uncommon in jacket. (#114411)


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    THE WIND IN THE ROSE-BUSH AND OTHER STORIES OF THE SUPERNATURAL .. by [Freeman], Mary E. Wilkins

    New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1903.. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-2] 3-237 [238-240] [note: last leaf is a blank], eight inserted plates with illustrations by Peter Newell, original pictorial light green cloth, front panel stamped in dark green, red, white and gold, spine panel stamped in dark green and gold. First edition. "New England regionalist writer, highly regarded for cameo like, naturalistic pictures of domestic life and for supernatural stories ... THE WIND IN THE ROSE-BUSH (1903), Freeman's only supernatural collection, is of greater critical and historical importance than its uniqueness might suggest. It is one of the very few bodies of work that combine domestic realism with supernaturalism, and it has been the founding document of a minor school within supernatural fiction (notably August Derleth and his followers). The individual stories are also excellent." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 163. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-71. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 662. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 231. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 395. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-259. Bleiler (1978), p. 77. Reginald 15339. BAL 6371 (BAL notes that Merle Johnson termed this binding the earliest). Small embossed stamp and inked name of early private owner Rena L. Hamilton on front free endpaper. A fine, bright copy. Very scarce in this condition. The ultimate collector's copy of this lovely book. (#75250)


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    MYSTIC VOICES: BEING EXPERIENCES OF THE REV. PHILIP RIVERS PATER, SQUIRE AND PRIEST 1834-1913 by Roger Pater [pseudonym] by Hudleston, Gilbert Roger, writing as "Roger Pater

    London: Burns Oates and Washbourne Ltd., 1923.. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-iv] v-ix [x] [1] 2-251 [252: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank], inserted frontispiece, original decorated blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. "Linked sequence of Catholic ghost stories, based on experiences of 'clair-audient' priest. After R. H. Benson, the best examples of religious supernaturalism; 'In Articulo Mortis' and 'A Porta Inferi' are minor classics." - Robert Knowlton. Pater was first revived by Montague Summers in his influential anthology, THE SUPERNATURAL OMNIBUS (1931). Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 144. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1291. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 89. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 317-18, Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 404. Bleiler (1978), p. 154. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Spine lean, cloth rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, outer joints rubbed, free endpapers tanned, overall a very good copy. (#130422)


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    THE SHELL OF SENSE: COLLECTED GHOST STORIES OF OLIVIA HOWARD DUNBAR. Edited, with an Introduction by Jessica Amanda Salmonson .. by Dunbar, Olivia Howard

    [Uncasville, CT: Richard H. Fawcett, Publisher, 1997.]. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Limited to 400 copies. Collects four ghost stories by Dunbar originally published between 1904 and 1914 and two essays on ghost fiction by Dunbar, with 9-page introduction by compiler Jessica Amanda Salmonson. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#130899)


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    THE STONEGROUND GHOST TALES COMPILED FROM THE RECOLLECTIONS OF THE REVEREND ROLAND BATCHEL, VICAR OF THE PARISH by Swain, E[dmund] G[ill]

    Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons Ltd., 1912.. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-187 [188: printer's imprint], original pictorial blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First edition. A collection of nine ghost stories dedicated to Swain's longtime friend M. R. James. "... Swain's tales share many features with those of James' and draw on the friends' common interests and antiquarian studies. They are however rather milder in tone and regularly incorporate a playful humour not often found in James' work. The tales relate the adventures of a fictionalized version of the author, Mr Batchel, Rector of Stoneground parish. Although by today's standards, readers may find Swain's stories rather lacking in supernatural horrors, their subtle qualities become apparent on re-reading, and many find Mr Batchel one of the most enduring creations of English ghost fiction." - Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 468. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 170. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-193. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1571. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 209. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 419. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-238. Bleiler (1978), p. 190. Reginald 13908. Cloth rubbed at upper spine end, spine panel tanned, endpapers and page edges just a bit tanned, a very good copy. Penciled signature of A. Langley Searles, noted fantasy enthusiast and publisher of the long-running fanzine, FANTASY COMMENTATOR, dated 1944 on front paste-down. A pretty attractive copy of a book rarely found in nice condition. (#130812)


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    THE HAUNTING .. by Dawson-Scott, C[atherine] A[my]

    London: William Heinemann, 1921.. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-310 [311-312: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks] + 16-page undated publisher's catalogue inserted at rear, original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in red, Heinemann windmill device stamped in red on rear panel. First edition. "Brother slays brother, and the survivor is haunted by his victim; nice touches of local color and folklore in Cornwall locale. Author was founder of P. E. N." - Robert Knowlton. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 480. Bleiler (1978), p. 57. Reginald 12821. Shallow chipping and fraying to cloth at spine ends and along top inch of outer rear hinge, some age-darkening to pulpy text block, early ownership signature on front paste-down, a good sound copy of a scarce book. (#148935)


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    THE CROQUET PLAYER: A STORY by Wells, H[erbert] G[eorge]

    London: Chatto & Windus, 1936.. Octavo, pp. [1-10] 1-81 [82] [83: printer's imprint] [84-86: blank] [note: first two and last leaves are blanks], original mottled green and black cloth, printed paper label affixed to spine panel. First edition. A presentation copy from one ghost story writer to another with signed inscription by Wells on the half title page to Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) who lived in Regent's Park from 1935 until after the end of World War II: "To Elizabeth Bowen / with warmest regards / H. G." "This story is a satire written in the form of an allegory. In its symbolism it has close affinities with THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU (1896) and MR. BLETTSWORTHY ON RAMPOLE ISLAND (1928)." - Hammond, p. 44. "In some ways a more mature telling and redirection of 'The Red Room,' or hauntings as due to mental fragments that have assumed a power beyond their immediate origin. It is also a symbolic statement of the psychosis emergent within Western culture just before World War II. 'A sickness in the very ground of our lives, breaking out here and there and filling men's minds with a paralyzing irrational fear.' The ghost story as a statement of the spiritual breakdown of society ... One of Wells's better late works." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1683. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1224. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-360. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 225. Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, p. 174. Bleiler (1978), p. 205. Reginald 15020. Hammond B18. Wells Society 125. Small chip to paper spine label, minor offsetting to endpapers, a very good copy in good pictorial dust jacket with tanning to spine panel, internal tape mends at spine ends, and some general dust soiling, mostly to rear panel. A nice association copy. (#149947)


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    VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE by Benson, E[dward] F[rederic]

    New York: George H. Doran Company, [1924].. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-8] 9-298 [299-302: blank] [note: first and last two leaves are blanks], original blue-green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in dark green. First U.S. edition. First printing with GHD monogram on verso of title leaf. Collection of short horror fiction; twelve stories including "The Horror Horn." "Probably Benson's most famous collection." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 142. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, pp. 31-2. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-17. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 31. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-17. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 67. Bleiler (1978), p. 21. Reginald 01137. Top edge of pages dusty, a near fine copy in very good dust jacket with small chips and shelf wear along top edge, several small closed tears along bottom edge, some chipping to spine ends, and upper triangular quarter of rear panel missing. Uncommon in jacket. (#127288)


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    GHOSTS IN DAYLIGHT .. by Onions, Oliver (George Oliver)

    London: Chapman & Hall, Ltd., 1924.. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-2] 3-236. original maroon cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. Onions' second collection of supernatural fiction. Collects five stories: "The Ascending Dream," "The Honey in the Wall," "The Dear Dryad," "The Real People," and "The Woman in the Way." Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 141. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-155. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1262. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 709. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 309-10. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature I, pp. 294-99. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-188. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 398. Bleiler (1978), p. 151. Reginald 11002. Bookplate of specialty press publisher and fantasy fiction enthusiast Oswald Train affixed to front paste-down. Mild crease to half title leaf, a bright, very good or better copy. A nice copy of an uncommon title. (#147240)


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    OLD MAN'S BEARD: FIFTEEN DISTURBING TALES by Wakefield, H[erbert] Russell

    Penyffordd, Chester: Ash-Tree Press, 1996.. Octavo, cloth. Later edition. Limited to 400 copies plus a few extras for legal deposit purposes. Reprint of the 1929 Geoffrey Bles edition. New introduction by Barbara Roden. Collects fifteen stories. "... features several fine studies of supernatural malevolence, two of the best being "The Cairn" and "Blind Man's Buff." - Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-200. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1642. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 446. Bleiler (1978), p. 201. Reginald 14767. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#144474)


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    THE OCCULT FILES OF FRANCIS CHARD; SOME GHOST STORIES. Edited by Jack Adrian by Burrage, A[lfred] M[cLelland]

    Penyffordd, Chester: Ash-Tree Press, 1996.. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Limited to 500 copies plus a few extras produced for legal deposit purposes. Collects twenty-six stories, ten featuring the occult detective Francis Chard, and two other stories and a novella (all first published here in book form) and the thirteen stories published in SOME GHOST STORIES (1927). A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#158727)


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    THE OCTOPUS: A STORY OF CALIFORNIA by Norris, [Benjamin] Frank[lin]

    New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1901.. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-3] 4-652 [653-654: blank], one full page map in text, original decorated red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition, first printing with the J. J. Little device on the copyright page. The first volume of Norris' unfinished trilogy "The Epic of Wheat." "THE OCTOPUS is better known than McTEAGUE, although it is a lesser achievement as a work of art. The reason for its wider reputation is that it has a broader social theme and significance, the struggle of the San Joaquin ranchers against the Southern Pacific monopoly, culminating in the Mussel Slough massacre, that tragic incident of violence which occurred when the railroad's minions confronted the ranchers ... In reading THE OCTOPUS, I confess to having been moved more by the valley scenes -- the first rain and subsequent plowing, the barn dance and fight, the jackrabbit drive, and the panoramic descriptions -- than by the conflict between the ranchers and railroad, cold potatoes now that the lobbying power of the Southern Pacific is only history. Norris's visions of the valley recall those of Muir and Steinbeck. Fully as much as seacoast, mountains and desert, the central valley is pure Californian, ever powerful in its effect on life and literature." - Powell, California Classics, pp. 180-1. "THE OCTOPUS comes very near summing up the American experience of economics from the Civil War to 1900; and in the largeness and the multiplicity of its total materials -- story, characters, subject matter, ideas -- it can be compared only with those Hugoesque, Tolstoyesque leviathans of fiction that Norris was emulating." - Taylor,The Economic Novel in America, p. 297. THE OCTOPUS is the most ambitious novel of its generation. Though planned as the first of a trilogy which was to follow the wheat through the three stages of growth, marketing, and export to famine-ridden Europe or Asia, it must stand alone, for its sequel THE PIT (1903) is a relapse into the conventional novel form, and the third work, THE WOLF, was never written." - Spiller, et al, Literary History of the United States, p. 1033. BAL 15036. Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 N-126. Baird and Greenwood, An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction 1664-1970 1881. A fine copy. (#156229)


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    A MIRROR OF SHALOTT, COMPOSED OF TALES TOLD AT A SYMPOSIUM .. by Benson, Robert Hugh

    London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., 1907.. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1] 2-301 [302: blank] [303-312: ads], original green cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Benson's best collection of short fiction. Collects fourteen stories. "... Montague Summers said of A MIRROR OF SHALOTT ... that 'there are few better stories of this kind.' It is a series of stories recounted by a group of priests, much in the Canterbury Tales vein, each telling of his supernatural experiences." - Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p.32. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-18. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 149. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, Volume II, p. 21. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 28-31. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-19. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 71. Bleiler (1978), p. 21. Reginald 01141. Cloth lightly rubbed at spine ends, corner tips and along outer rear hinge, mild tanning to spine panel, very faint damp stain to rear cover, partial hairline crack along inner front hinge, but still a tight, very good copy with bright gold spine stamping. Overall an attractive copy of an exceedingly scarce book. (#130795)


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    THE UNCANNY HOUSE by Pendered, Mary L[ucy]

    Cleveland, New York: International Fiction Library, [1929].. 16mo, pp. [1-4] 5-285 [286-288: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First U.S. edition. Supernatural romance concerning psychic and her family who purchase an absurdly cheap house, "The Beeches," which is haunted by ghost of former owner and is known locally as "Hell's Corner." Bleiler (1978), p. 156. Reginald 11287. Pulpy endpapers and paper stock tanned but not brittle, several spots to cloth, else a fine copy in very good four-color pictorial dust jacket (with illustration by Neff on front panel and repeated on rear panel) with shelf wear and several tiny chips along top and bottom edges and some mild general dust soiling. A nice copy. (#130423)


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    THE PASSENGER. Edited by Jack Adrian by Benson, E[dward] F[rederic]

    Ashcroft, British Columbia: Ash-Tree Press, 1999.. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Limited to 600 copies plus a few extras for legal deposit purposes. Second of five projected volumes in the Ash-Tree Press "Collected Spook Stories of E. F. Benson" series. Collects fourteen stories, all first published between 1912 and 1921, with introduction by Jack Adrian. All of the stories appeared in earlier collections of Benson's Fiction: THE ROOM IN THE TOWER (1912), THE COUNTESS OF LOWNDES SQUARE (1920), MORE SPOOK STORIES (1934) and THE FLINT KNIFE: FURTHER SPOOK STORIES (1988). A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#156955)


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    $550.00

    SOME GHOST STORIES .. by Burrage, A[lfred] M[cLelland]

    [London]: Cecil Palmer, [1927].. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-iv] v-vii [viii] 1-276 [277-278: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in white, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. The first of Burrage's two collections of weird fiction (the other was SOMEONE IN THE ROOM [1931] published under the pseudonym "Ex-Private X"). "Burrage's underrated short stories are deft and subtle, and include a number of poignant posthumous fantasies." - Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-43. "The best stories in SOME GHOST STORIES and SOMEONE IN THE ROOM are intelligent, well crafted, and imaginative ..." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 64. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 47. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 314. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, pp. 43-4. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-53. Bleiler (1978), p. 35. Reginald 02267. Light wear to spine ends, endpapers a bit tanned, a very good copy. Penciled signature of A. Langley Searles, noted fantasy enthusiast and publisher of the long-running fanzine, FANTASY COMMENTATOR, dated 1945 on front paste-down. (#130796)


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