JOHNNY LUDLOW ... FOURTH SERIES. New Edition. London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1890. Octavo, pp. [1-8]  2-470 [471: ads] [472: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank], original red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, top and fore edges untrimmed, slate coated endpapers. First edition, first printing. Although this edition is termed a "new edition" on the title page it is, in fact, the first printing of the first edition (see Sadleir). Mixed collection of Victorian sensational romances. Includes "Sandstone Torr" (neo-Gothic horror story), "A Curious Experience" ("one of the best Victorian ghost stories" according to Bleiler), "Ketira the Gipsy" (supernatural; curse fulfilled). "A prolific writer, Wood wrote a large amount of fiction, including the Johnny Ludlow series of short stories. The tales, narrated by a teenage country boy, sometimes feature mysterious and macabre incidents and were immensely popular throughout the Victorian period. By the time of her death in 1887, Wood had sold over five million books. Although often classed as a sensational novelist, Wood's literary talents are considerably more sophisticated than those of other writers of commercial fiction of the period. Although perfectly capable of producing the over-sentimental and moralistic pulp fiction her public demanded, Wood could also create works of considerable literary merit, as EAST LYNNE clearly demonstrates. Combining originality with great narrative skill, several of her ghost stories surely rank among the greatest of the Victorian era." - Wilson. Shadows in the Attic, pp. 500-01. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1737. Hubin (1994), p. 876. Sadleir 3343. Wolff 7275. Mild sunning to spine panel, a bright, nearly fine copy. (#149532).
"New Edition" on title page.