A NINE MEN'S MORRICE: STORIES COLLECTED AND RE-COLLECTED. London: Longmans, Green, and Co. And New York: 15 East 16th Street, 1889. Octavo, pp. [1-12] [1] 2-358 [359-360: ads] [note: first leaf is a blank] + 16-page publisher's catalogue dated "June 1888" inserted at rear, original reddish brown cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, all edges untrimmed, white endpapers with publisher's ship and swan pattern printed in light brown. First edition. Mixed collection, mostly supernatural in a lighter vein. "Lilith," tragic love triangle from past recurs; "Mr. Morton's Butler" and "Lady Volant," Hoffmanesque encounters with Old Nick; "The Green Lady," detective runs a ghost-for-hire agency (ensuring a better class of spirit for stately homes); "Edged Tools" (collaboration with Brander Matthews), Blitzini the conjurer employs real spirits to do his tricks, gets more than he bargained for; "Dreams," somnambulist communicates with the Moon, inhabitants respond: DO STOP YOUR CONFOUNDED NIGHTMARES. Imaginative pieces, clever and entertaining. Cosmopolitan settings and careful craftsmanship offer refined pleasures for the patient reader. Beneath the starch and gentility lie some genuine strangeness. Pollock also wrote HE (1887), a parody of Haggard's SHE, in collaboration with Andrew Lang. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 91. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Not in the Eaton catalogue. Hubin (1994), p. 650. Wolff 5582. Cloth rubbed and darkened, possibly some re-coloring of cloth, inner front hinge cracked but holding, a good copy. (#150697).

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