AUT DIABOLUS AUT NIHIL AND OTHER TALES by X. L. [pseudonym]. London: Methuen & Co., 1894. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v [vi] vii-ix [x] xi [xii]  2-303 [304: "opinions of the press"] + 32-page publisher's catalogue dated "October 1894" inserted at rear, original dark green cloth, spine and front panels lettered in orange, all edges untrimmed. First edition. "Mixed collection of criminous and two notable supernatural tales; the title story concerns fin-de-siecle diabolism, enjoyed success de scandale as supposedly describing actual practices by same circles Huysmans frequented during research for LA-BAS; 'A Kiss of Judas' peculiar variant of vampirism, undercurrents of anti-Semitism and transsexual eroticism. Work demonstrates originality and imagination." - Robert Knowlton. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-28. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1747. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 237. Bleiler (1978), p. 213. Reginald 05397. Hubin (1994), p. 479. Slight spine lean, cloth a bit rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, hairline cracks to inner hinges (as is usually the case with this book), still a tight, very good copy. An attractive, much better than average copy of a scarce book rarely found in nice condition. (#113530).