THE MIND OF JOHN MEREDITH. London: Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., . Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-vi 7-255 [256: blank], original blue cloth, spine panel stamped in silver. First edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription on the front free endpaper by Gérard dated October 1946. A weird mystery thriller featuring C.I.D. agent Sir John Meredith. "Sir John investigates strange happenings at High Perwyl, a Welsh Border Castle, which appear to be the workings of an ancient curse laid on the family in 1164. A huge malefic dog has been seen around the castle. The American wife of the present head of the family (Sir Martin Lauder-Treaves) thinks her husband may be insane for believing himself able to transform into this dog. A psychiatrist delivers a rational medical opinion, but it turns out that Sir Martin is indeed the victim (or perpetrator) of genuine bilocations in which his astral body animates a fiendish hound. The result, if not technically a werewolf novel, is a genuine were-dog story (thus also sounding eerie echoes of the hound of the Baskervilles)." - Robert Eldridge. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992) or Day, Supplemental Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Cloth rubbed along lower edges, else a fine copy in fine price-clipped dust jacket. This book is uncommon in the correct first printing jacket, as offered here. (#147984).
"First published September 1946" on copyright page.