WHEN GHOST MEETS GHOST. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1914. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-viii [1-2] 3-862 [863: blank] [864: "Note by Binder"] [865-872: ads], original blue cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind. First edition. Historical romance set in London in the 1850s. Appears to be a mystery, not fantasy. A Holt advertising blurb says this is "a long, genial tale of old mysteries and young lovers in England in the 1850s." A note in the publisher's ads at the rear calls this title "the most 'De Morganish' of all his stories." The book contains a couple of publishing curiosities. Item #1: the "Binder's Note" on p. [864] avowedly undertakes to correct some historical discrepancies and anachronisms in the text of the novel, taking a stab at copy-editing that most binders would ignore. "We could often correct errors of this sort if the books came to this shop in an earlier stage of development." (The whole thing is more likely a minor hoax on the part of the author.) Item #2: the eight pages of publisher ads at the rear are (in some but not all cases) individually dated at the bottom (e.g., "x '13" or "iv '12"): all are prior to 1914. Bleiler (1948), p. 97. Not in Bleiler (1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Not in Hubin (1994 or 2003). A bright, tight, very good copy. (#118514).

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"Published February, 1914" on copyright page.