MRS GASKELL'S TALES OF MYSTERY AND HORROR. Edited by Michael Ashley. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, . Octavo, boards. First edition, U.S. issue. Collects six tales and a poem, "The Scholar's Story," by William Gaskell (a Breton ballad translated from the French of the Vicomte de la Villemarque), selected and introduced by Michael Ashley. "Gaskell's supernatural fiction ranks among the best of the Victorian period ... Together with Dickens' work, Gaskell's ghost fiction helped consolidate the association of the supernatural tale with the Victorian Christmas ... Her ghost stories are scattered throughout various periodicals and books, and no single collected existed until 1978 when Michael Ashley produced MRS GASKELL'S TALES OF MYSTERY AND HORROR." - Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 226. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-29. Tymn, (ed), Horror Literature 2-38. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with tiny stain to inner surface at lower spine end which does not show through. (#139280).
First printing has "1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19 I/C 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page.