WITH MY FRIENDS: TALES IN PARTNERSHIP ... WITH AN INTRODUCTORY ESSAY ON THE ART AND MYSTERY OF COLLABORATION. New York: Longmans, Green, & Co., 1891. Octavo, pp. [1-8]  2-284 [285-288: ads], original slate blue cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in black and gold, top edge stained blue-gray. First edition. Six stories written in collaboration with other leading practitioners of genteel humor: two each with H. C. Bunner and Walter Herries Pollock; one each with George H. Jessop and F. Anstey; plus a twenty-nine page introduction by Matthews on the subject of literary collaboration. "Edged Tools," reprinted in Pollock's scarce collection, NINE MEN'S MORRICE, is an interesting fantasy about a stage magician with supernatural powers. In "Mated by Magic" and "Three Wishes" the apparently supernatural events are rationalized. "The Documents in the Case" is criminous and is interesting for its narrative structure (indicated by the story's title). Bleiler (1978), p. 136. Reginald 09821. Hubin (1994), p. 563. Wright (III) 3659. Publisher's "compliments" stamp on half title page. A bright, near fine copy. (#130397).
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