REAL GHOST STORIES: A RECORD OF AUTHENTIC APPARITIONS. BEING THE CHRISTMAS NUMBER OF THE REVIEW OF REVIEWS ... Collated and Edited by W. T. Stead [with] MORE GHOST STORIES: A SEQUEL TO "REAL GHOST STORIES." BEING A NEW YEAR'S EXTRA NUMBER OF THE REVIEW OF REVIEWS ... Collated and Edited by W. T. Stead. London: Publishing Office of the Review of Reviews, n.d. -1892, Large octavo, two volumes: pp. [1-7] 8-110; [1-7] 8-104, text printed in double columns, illustrations, the two parts bound together in original publisher's blue green cloth printed in black. First editions. Two famous collections of "true" ghost stories and articles on psychic phenomena by a major nineteenth-century promoter and champion of Spiritualism. Topics in the first number are: "The Ghost that Dwells in Each of Us," "Clairvoyance -- The Vision of the Out of Slight," "Premonitions and Second Sight," "Ghosts of the Living on Business," "Ghosts Keeping Promise," "Apparitions at or Before Death," "Ghosts Announcing Their Own Death," "Ghosts of the Dead with a Practical Object," "Out-of-Door Ghosts," and "Evil Spirits and Phantasms which Touch," with appendix "Some Historical Ghosts." The second number comprises two parts: "Experiments and Experiences" and "Haunted Houses," with appendix "Record of Appearances of the Double." "The Christmas and New Year's numbers of the REVIEW OF REVIEWS, 1891-2, supplied a large number of REAL GHOST STORIES, under which title, indeed, they were reprinted in October, 1897. Many of us will remember how people at the time spoke of the REVIEW with bated breath: how it was hurried out of the sight of children, and read almost in secret by their elders with blanching cheeks and tingling nerves. I fear we may have become very sophisticated since these happy days." - Summers (ed), Victorian Ghost Stories, p. xxi. The best known and most influential of the late Victorian "true" ghost story collections. For a biographical sketch of Stead see, Shepard (ed.), Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology, Second Edition, pp. 1286-7. Cloth soiled, stained on rear cover, and quite worn at edges, the first number has several gatherings printed on cheap pulp paper which is darkened, the first free endpaper and first two leaves (frontispiece and title leaf) are detached, otherwise internally sound and clean. (#101359).
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