TOLD AFTER SUPPER. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus, n.d. [1891]. Octavo, pp. [1-6] [1] 2-169 [170: blank], flyleaves at front and rear, twenty full-page and many smaller illustrations by Kenneth M. Skeaping, printed throughout in blue ink, original decorated blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, t.e.g., other edges untrimmed, decorated endpapers. First U.S. edition. "British humorist who satirized the ghostly tale ... TOLD AFTER SUPPER (1891) spoofs a popular Victorian tradition, the Christmas ghost story ... Using as its framing device a drunken storytelling session round the fireside on Christmas Eve, this slim book pokes fun at various conventions of the genre ..." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 237. According to The American catalogue the hardbound copies of the Altemus edition sold for $1.25 and the paperbound copies, number 2 of their "Idle Hour" series, were priced 50¢. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-94. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 296. Bleiler (1978), p. 109. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). NCBEL III 1062. Neat owner's signature dated 1892 at top edge of title page. Cloth worn at spine ends and corners tips, a very good, tight copy. (#118631).

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