THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF MR. MIDDLETON. Chicago: Herbert S. Stone & Company, 1903. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 1-311 [312-314: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], title page printed in black and green, original pictorial pale olive green cloth, front panel stamped in black, tan and white, spine panel stamped in white, publisher's monogram stamped in white on rear panel, t.e.g., other edges untrimmed. First edition, first binding. Seven interconnected short stories, mostly criminous, some with fantasy content, mingling Arabian Nights fantasy and contemporary Chicago realism. "The Pleasant Adventures of Dr. McDill" is a singularly gruesome horror tale that anticipates the sadistic horrors of the "terror pulps." Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 63. Queen, The Detective Short Story, p. 29. Bleiler (1978), p. 54. Reginald 03727. Hubin (1994), p. 207. Kramer 302. Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 C-1025. Touch of rubbing to spine ends, else a fine, bright copy. (#130259).
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