THE HAUNTED HOTEL: A MYSTERY OF MODERN VENICE. Wilkie Collins, William.

THE HAUNTED HOTEL: A MYSTERY OF MODERN VENICE. Toronto: Rose-Belford Publishing Company, 1878. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [1] 2-225 [226-228: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original decorated green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind, brown coated endpapers. First edition. "The Haunted Hotel" was published as a magazine serial in BELGRAVIA from June through November 1878. This Canadian edition was published in October 1878. It preceded the first British edition in book form (published by Chatto and Windus sometime during the first two weeks of November 1878, although the title page is dated 1879), which combined "The Haunted Hotel" with "My Lady's Money." "In many respects this is Collins's last sustained work. The detective element is clever; the story embodies the full development and complexity which were Collins's forte; and the psychology of the countess and her relationship with Fate are excellent. The supernatural aspects, however, are pedestrian." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 411. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 55. Ellis, Wilkie Collins, Le Fanu and Others, p. 49. Glover and Green, Victorian Detective Fiction 72 (citing a later edition). Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 85-6. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 143. Bleiler (1978), p. 47. Reginald 03226. Hubin (1994), p. 180. Wolff 1355c. Old inked signature and a gift inscription on front free endpaper. Cloth worn at spine ends and corners, some foxing to reverse side of endpapers and offset on facing leaves of the text block, a sound, good copy. (#130700).

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