A RUSSIAN PRINCESS AND A RUSSIAN GHOST STORY. TWO HISTORICAL AND PERSONAL NARRATIVES DEPICTIVE OF RUSSIAN ARISTOCRATIC SOCIETY AT THE CLOSE OF THE LAST AND THE COMMENCEMENT AND MIDDLE OF THE PRESENT CENTURY. London: The Hansom Cab Publishing Company, n.d. [1888?]. Octavo, pp. [i-xiii] xiv-xvii [xviii]  20-208 [209-216: blank] [note: first four and last four leaves are blanks], inserted frontispiece (portrait of the author), original pictorial blue bevel-edged cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black, white and gold, top edge untrimmed, slate coated endpapers. Probable first hardcover edition of the combined text. Collects two novellas. The second novella was first published in 1873 as CHRISTMAS TALES FOR CHRISTMAS CHARITIES. N0. 2. TWO NIGHTS IN A HAUNTED HOUSE IN RUSSIA. Locke (A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 215), gives the publication date of this present edition as "about 1888." The copies at the British Library and Cambridge University also have "Fifty-First Thousand" on their title pages. The Eaton Collection at UC Riverside has two copies, both labeled "Fiftieth Thousand" at top of their title pages, one in original wrappers, one rebound with another book. The dating of the book seems to derive from a statement at the bottom of the frontispiece, "From a photograph by Karoly, Leamington, 1888." The first novella in this present volume, "A Russian Princess," is a story of crime, preceded by a brief statement by the author averring its authenticity as a found manuscript. The second is as its title indicates, a haunted house ghost story. A postscript by the author admits the dark tone of his two tales but makes clear his good wishes towards Russia, a country with which he was quite familiar. We believe this is the first edition in hardcover (of which 1000 copies were printed), preceded by the paperbound printing or printings. It also appears to be the first edition to print Turnerelli's postscript, pp. -208. Turnerelli's two ghost novellas, A NIGHT IN A HAUNTED HOUSE IN IRELAND (1859) and TWO NIGHTS IN A HAUNTED HOUSE IN RUSSIA (1873) were among the best known Victorian ghost stories, and both were highly regarded by Charles Dickens. Bleiler (1978), p. 196 (citing date of 1890 but "not verified"). Reginald 14345. Spine a bit leaned, cloth spotted and rubbed, inner rear hinge repaired, a good copy of a very scarce book. (#148001).
"FIFTY-FIRST THOUSAND" on title page.