MIDNIGHT HOUSE AND OTHER TALES. London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1910. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-iv] v [vi] [1-2] 3-243 [244: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank], title page printed in red and black, original gray paper-covered boards, printed paper label affixed to spine panel, top edge trimmed, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First edition, variant issue. This issue, bound in gray boards, rather than the usual gilt stamped green cloth, is also printed on thicker paper stock, here measuring 28 mm across the top of the sheets, as opposed to 22 mm across the top of cloth bound copies. This appears to be a special binding of some sort, probably issued around the same time as the first issue cloth bound copies (there was a later issue circa the 1940s, but copies of the later issue we have seen were bound in cloth, not boards). Regardless of their status, these copies bound in boards are quite uncommon. Harvey's first short story collection, with many tales of the weird and supernatural. "It is usually difficult to distinguish the real situations from the disintegrating minds of Harvey's characters. Feverish moods and the unclear nature of personal relationships are the essential elements of his world. From the obsessive to the whimsical, William Fryer Harvey remains an excellent craftsman throughout the corpus of his engaging, sardonic fantasies." - Bleiler, Supernatural Fiction Writers, p. 595. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Literature, pp. 88-9. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-81. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 193-194. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1532-35. See Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 768. See Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-115. Bleiler (1978), p. 95. Reginald 06886. Edges of the text block and preliminary and terminal leaves foxed (just a bit more than average for this book; the paper stock used is prone to heavy foxing), free endpapers just a darkened (a bit less than usual), spine label rubbed, a near fine copy. A nice copy of a very scarce issue of this book which is seldom found in decent condition. (#114006).
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