TOPPLETON'S CLIENT OR A SPIRIT IN EXILE. New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1893. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii [1] 2-269 [270-272: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], flyleaves at front and rear, original blue-gray cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First U.S. edition. Inscribed by Bangs on the front free endpaper: "Spiritually Yours / John Kendrick Bangs." The British edition published by Osgood, McIlvaine was printed from the same setting as the Webster edition but was apparently released for sale several weeks prior to the American edition. A supernatural story in which a ghost outwits a foolish young lawyer and takes over his body. "An overcomplicated ghost story in which horror and humor intermix." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 84. "Interesting variant on the deal-with-the-devil theme. An uncommonly serious novel, his first fantasy novel, with a few touches of humor but more horror and grue in it than anything else." - Leon Gammell. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 87. Bleiler (1978), p. 15. Reginald 00837. BAL 714. Wright (III) 283. Frederick W. Skiff bookplate affixed to the front paste-down. Cloth rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, gold stamping tarnished and very faded, else a very good copy. One of the more uncommon Bangs titles. (#147774).

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