THE STORY HUNTER OR TALES OF THE WEIRD AND WILD. London: Jarrold & Sons, 1896. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi [vii-viii]  10-226 [227-240: ads], six inserted plates with illustrations by Paul Hardy, original pictorial tan cloth, front and spine panels stamped in brown, gray, cream, white, black and gold, publisher's monogram stamped in blind on rear panel. First edition, first printing. "Mixed collection set in framing device of a hypnotist who collects stories told by somnipathic patients. Many fantastic, including psychic communication with a mummy, the Wandering Jew, a trio of old-fashioned ghost stories, savant resuscitated from 100-year slumber, and a visit from Friar Bacon on sabbatical from his Martian abode. Highly imaginative 'tall tales' with an engaging mixture of the humorous and the grotesque, delightful period illustrations to match. Suffling did a follow-up of sorts in the very rare DECAMERON OF A HYPNOTIST (1898)." - Robert Knowlton. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 208. Locke, Voyages in Space 198. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 62. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 466. Bleiler (1978) 189. Reginald 13843. Hubin (1994), p. 783. Recased with new endpapers. Several numbers written on the verso of the title leaf, perhaps indicating this copy once resided in a library, no other marks, a sound, good copy that presents well externally. Both the first and second printings of this book are very scarce. This is a major collection of Victorian weird fiction. (#149387).
No statement of printing. The second printing has "Second Edition" on the title page.