OLD FIRES AND PROFITABLE GHOSTS: A BOOK OF STORIES. London: Cassell and Company Limited, 1900. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1] 2-341 [342: printer's imprint] [note: final gathering (signature "W") is three leaves comprising a single leaf tipped in between first and last leaf, a conjugate pair] + [16]-page publisher's catalogue dated "9.00" inserted at rear, original red buckram, spine panel stamped in gold, t.e.g., other edges untrimmed, white endpapers with publisher's devices printed in gray. First edition, first issue, variant with fore and bottom edges of text block untrimmed. Quiller-Couch's best collection of short fiction, including classic ghost stories, "A Pair of Hands" and "The Seventh Man." Also "Oceanus," visions of infernal regions; "The Lady of the Ship," shipwrecked Bohemian witch; and "The Mystery of Joseph Laquedem," the end of the Wandering Jew. Also a horrific suspense story "The Room of Mirrors." Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 152. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-161. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1356. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 342. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-207. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 415. Bleiler (1978), p. 162. Reginald 11952. Hubin (1994), p. 662. NCBEL III 1072. Small armorial bookplate of early owner Robert Washington Oates affixed to front paste-down. Merest hint of sunning to spine panel, a fine copy. The first issue is uncommon and quite scarce in superior condition. (#149611).

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