THE BLACK CAP: NEW STORIES OF MURDER & MYSTERY. London: Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), Ltd., n.d. . Large octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii [viii] 9-318 [319: printer's imprint] [320: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank preceding half title leaf], original pictorial dark blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in light blue. First edition. Original anthology with fourteen noir mystery stories by J. M. Barrie, L. P. Hartley, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, Barry Pain, Hugh Walpole, Arthur Machen, Edgar Wallace, W. B. Maxwell, Oliver Onions, D. H. Lawrence, Shane Leslie, Elizabeth Bowen, W. Somerset Maugham, and Cynthia Asquith. Second collection assembled by one of the weird fiction genre's most important early anthologists. "Asquith had a remarkable talent for getting first-rate material from both mainstream and genre writers; all her anthologies ... are essential reading for ghost story enthusiasts." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 14. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 23. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-6. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 56. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 41. Bleiler (1978), p. 11. Reginald 00592. A fine copy in very good pictorial first printing dust jacket (priced 7/6 on spine) with some shallow chips from spine ends and corners, several short tears along folds, and tanning to spine panel. A nice copy of a scarce book that is rarely found in dust jacket. (#146490).
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