CECILIA DE NOEL. London and New York: Macmillan and Co., 1891. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii  2-197 [198: blank] [199-200: ads] + 44-page publisher's catalogue dated "September, 1891" inserted at rear, original blue cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind, top and fore-edge untrimmed, bottom edge trimmed. First edition. A novella-length ghost story exploring the different reactions of the guests of a weekend house party to the sight of a despairing ghost. "... an exceptional ghost novel for the period." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 148. "A neat and touching story, written with obvious sincerity and unusual delicacy." - Barron, Horror Literature 2-26. "Hawker, a forgotten Scottish writer, was known during the Victorian period as a writer of considerable refinement and intelligence. CECILIA DE NOEL, her popular spook novel, was highly regarded in its day, but is now extremely rare." - Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-91. Bleiler (1978), p. 70. Reginald 05016. NCBEL III 1051. Slight spine lean, small private owner's book label affixed to front paste-down with faint ghost of same on free endpaper, else a near fine copy. A very attractive copy. (#148387).
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