THE BLACK CAP: NEW STORIES OF MURDER & MYSTERY. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-334 [335-336: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original pictorial orange cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black, fore-edge untrimmed. First U.S. edition. Original anthology with fourteen 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. Page edges foxed, a very good copy in good pictorial dust jacket (designed by "BW") with wear and shallow fraying at spine ends and corner tips, two short closed tears at top edge, and general tanning, most noticeably to spine panel. (#148054).
First printing has the Scribner seal on the copyright page.