THE SIGN OF THE SPIDER: AN EPISODE. London: Methuen & Co., 1896. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-iv] v vi]  2-312 + 40-page publisher's catalogue dated "October 1896" inserted at rear, four inserted plates with illustrations by James Greig, original apple green cloth, front panel stamped in back, spine panel stamped in gold, all edges untrimmed. First edition. Weird adventure novel. Magic, witchcraft, and zoological speculation. A party of white slavers in Central Africa go up county to the land of the Ba-gcatya, "The People of Spider." The demon god of the Ba-gcatya is a giant spider fed with living men. Stanninghame's grizzly encounter with the bear-sized horror is well told. Bleiler (1978), p.141. Reginald 10207. Hubin (1994), p. 578. Wolff 4816. Touch of rubbing to cloth at spine ends and corner tips, a bright, tight, near fine copy. (#149603).
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