THE HOUSE BY THE CHURCH-YARD ... New Edition. London: Richard Bentley, 1866. Octavo, pp. [i-iv]  2-476, inserted wood-engraved frontispiece and vignette title on plate paper with illustrations after H. E. Doyle, original decorated red cloth, front and rear panels elaborately stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, cream coated endpapers, all edges trimmed. First printing of the first one-volume (and first illustrated) edition. This edition, published as number 14 of "Bentley's Favourite Novels," was considerably rewritten and enlarged. It contains 99 chapters as against 88 in the three-volume editions. THE HOUSE BY THE CHURCH-YARD is one of "four sensation novels [written by Le Fanu] that are the best of their kind ... Aside from three interpolated tales treating the supernatural [notably, "The Haunting of the Tiled House"], [it] is devoted to mystery and to exposing dark crimes committed in the past." - Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers, p. 225. "The pages of the novel are crimsoned in gore with seasonings of hauntings, apparitions, and brooding menace. There are connoisseurs of the ghostly who put it first among Le Fanu's works." - Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 2-61. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 115. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-49. Ellis, Wilkie Collins, Le Fanu and Others, p. 158, etc. Sullivan, Elegant Nightmares, p. 36. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 261. Bleiler (1948), p. 177. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Hubin (1994), p. 493. Sadleir 1379e. Wolff 4016c. Owner's inked signature dated 1982 front paste-down and his bookplate affixed to same, early owner's inked signature dated 1869 on the front free endpaper. Cloth lightly worn at spine ends with some shallow loss, some light rubbing to edges of cloth, spine panel shows mild age-darkening, a tight, very good plus copy with inner hinges intact and clean text block. A nice copy of a book seldom found in decent condition. (#105730).
"New Edition" on title page.