SHIRLEY HALL ASYLUM ... New Edition. London: Strahan & Co., Publishers, 1871. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi  2-432 [433-434: ads], original decorated terra cotta cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, gray coated endpapers, top edge untrimmed, fore-edge rough trimmed. Second edition. A collection of linked stories first published anonymously in 1863. "William Gilbert (1804-1890) UK writer, father of W. S. Gilbert; also one of the pioneers of psychiatric medicine. He drew upon his work in that field in two notable collections of hypothetical case-studies, SHIRLEY HALL ASYLUM: OR THE MEMOIRS OF A MONOMANIAC (1863) and DOCTOR AUSTIN'S GUESTS (1866). Although not fantasy as such, the tales offer interesting early descriptions of the various kinds of delusions to which people may fall victim: the first volume includes an imaginary haunting and an account of religious mania; the second features a man who believes he is getting younger and a man who believes himself possessed." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, p. 409. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-31. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978), Reginald (1979; 1992) or Hubin (1994). Sadleir 962. Cloth lightly rubbed at edges, a tight, bright, very good copy. The 1863 edition is rare; this 1871 edition is pretty scarce. (#149388).
"NEW EDITION" on copyright page.