TALES OF SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS. San Francisco: E. L. G. Steele, 1891. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-300 [301-304: blank] [note: penultimate leaf is a blank; final leaf excised; fly leaf precedes title leaf], original gray cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. Presentation copy with inscription by Bierce to a fellow Hearst journalist on the title page: "Charles Michelson / with compliments of / The Author / St. Helena, Cal., / Aug. 30, 1892." Michelson was a famous adventurer and correspondent for William Randolph Hearst. Classic collection of short fiction including "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," Bierce's best known story. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 1-13. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-7. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 162. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 073. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 33-4. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1436-40. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-23. Bleiler (1978), p. 23. Reginald 01265. Wright (III) 525. BAL 1109 (binding variant A). Starrett 8. Baird and Greenwood, An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction 1664-1970 252. Cloth rubbed at spine ends, bit of darkening to spine panel, minor bubbling to cloth on rear cover, just a bit of fading at upper edge of front cover, else a fine copy. A very nice copy of a book generally found worn and soiled. Enclosed in a custom cloth slipcase. (#115032).
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