IVAN GREET'S MASTERPIECE ETC. London: Chatto & Windus, 1893. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi [vii-viii]  2-330 [331: publisher's device] [332: blank] + 32-page publisher's catalogue dated "March, 1893" inserted at rear, inserted frontispiece with illustration by Stanley L. Wood, original decorated gray-green cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in black and gold, rear panel stamped in blind, top edge untrimmed, white endpapers with floral pattern printed in green. First edition. A collection of sixteen short stories, two original to this collection, the remainder first published in the GRAPHIC, the ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, and other periodicals. Includes "Pallinghurst Barrow," a supernatural story. Grant, a Canadian who settled in England after time spent in America, France and Jamaica, edged sideways into a successful career as a writer before chronic poor health saw him into his grave at 51. "In his own day, Allen was much admired, Andrew Lang calling his genius 'the most versatile, beyond comparison, of any man in our age.'" - Sutherland, Victorian Fiction, p. 21. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 31. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Hubin (1994), p. 11. Not in Wolff, who had an extensive collection of Allen's books. Private owner's bookplate affixed to front paste-down. Cloth rubbed at spine ends, corner tips lightly worn, a very good copy. A scarce book. (#130593).
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