WILD AND WEIRD: TALES OF IMAGINATION AND MYSTERY. RUSSIAN, ENGLISH, AND ITALIAN. London, New York, and Melbourne: Ward, Lock, and Co., 1889. Octavo, three volumes in one: pp. [i-v] vi [vii] viii [ix-x]  2-162; [1-2]  2-143 [144: decorative device]; [1-2]  2-175 [176: blank], Original terra cotta cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in black and gold, black coated endpapers, all edges untrimmed. First edition. Cloth bind-up of three volumes issued simultaneously in paper covers. "Especially attractive to the connoisseur of rare horror fiction are Campbell's three short story collections: DARK STORIES FROM THE SUNNY SOUTH; OR, LEGENDS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN (1889), MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN; OR, SUPERNATURAL STORIES OF ENGLISH LIFE (1889); and WILD AND WEIRD; OR, REMARKABLE STORIES OF RUSSIAN LIFE (1889). The last contains 'The White Wolf of the Kostopchin,' regarded as one of the best werewolf tales of the nineteenth century. These three books were issued simultaneously in a popular cheap format and were also published together as an omnibus under the Wild and Weird banner." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 67. "An omnibus of Victorian sensational supernatural fiction, set in Russia, Italy and England, involving ghosts, diabolism, death portents, even a werewolf. Rousing full-blooded stuff, lurid and unsubtle but quite entertaining; another aspect of the tradition, in contrast to say, Mrs. Oliphant. A major collection of its kind." - Robert Knowlton. "The stories set in Russia are the most successful works in this collection. They are fairly long and the florid treatment fits the folkloristic subject matter. The British stories are literal and crude." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 338. The bind-up has 2-page preface (pp. [v]-vi) by Campbell not found in the earlier separate parts issue. The signatures of this book were stapled, not sewn, then glued to a back strip (like a modern perfect bound paperback), and bound up in cloth. This makes for an inherently unstable structure (which no doubt accounts for some if not all of this book's rarity). Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 129. Bleiler (1978), p. 38. Reginald 02493. Very tiny nick to cloth at crown of spine panel, just a touch rubbing to lower spine end and corner tips, a bit of minor scattered foxing, inner hinges professionally strengthened, a tight, bright, nearly fine copy. A superior copy of a rare book seldom found in nice condition. (#149738).
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