MADAM JULIA'S TALE AND OTHER QUEER STORIES. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1932. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-12 [13-16] 17-288, original black cloth, spine panel stamped in light green. First edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Royde-Smith to Floyd Van Vuren dated 8 August 1932. Collects nine weird tales. The first four "appear to offer support to the belief in continuance of human personality after death" while the rest narrate "instances of queer behaviour among the living" (from the author's note). Of interest also is the author's four-page prefatory note, in which she traces something of the origin and rationale of these stories. "Nothing is quite so bad as a bad ghost story. It is my belief that all the good ghost stories are true." Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 186. Bleiler (1978), p. 171. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). NCBEL IV 726. Endpapers and edges of text block a bit tanned, faint partial cup ring on front panel, else a nearly fine copy. A nice copy of an uncommon book. (#149746).
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