THE TWO MAGICS: THE TURN OF THE SCREW, COVERING END. London: William Heinemann, 1898. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-3] 4-310 [311-312] [note: final leaf is a blank; no half title leaf; title leaf is a singleton affixed to front free endpaper], original decorated blue-green cloth, front panel stamped in blind and gold, spine panel stamped in gold, publisher's monogram stamped in blind on rear panel. First edition. A colonial copy redirected to the domestic market. The entire first printing consisted of only 1500 copies. The colonial issue exists in several states. This copy has a tipped in title leaf printed entirely in black with date in Arabic numerals; text is printed on wove paper; sheets are untrimmed (7 1/2 x 5 inches), bulk 20 mm and are cased in blue-green cloth with nine tulip buds stamped in blind on front panel and "Heinemann" on spine panel measuring 35 mm. According to Edel and Laurence, "Of the colonial issue 300 copies were transferred to the domestic market, some of them appearing in the third standard binding, the balance being used to replace shortages of sheets in the domestic second impression." This is one of the copies transferred to the domestic market. First book publication of "The Turn of the Screw," James's most famous ghost story. "One of the most sophisticated and controversial of all ghost stories." – Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 231-32. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-107. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 906. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 20. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 1570-72. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-123. Bleiler (1978), p. 108. Reginald 07799. BAL 10633. Edel and Laurence A52a. Touch of rubbing to cloth at head and tail of spine panel and corner tips, but still a fine, bright copy. A beautiful copy of a book seldom found in superior condition. (#147532).
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