A MIRROR OF SHALOTT: BEING A COLLECTION OF TALES TOLD AT AN UNPROFESSIONAL SYMPOSIUM. New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1907. Octavo, pp. [1-7] 8-334 1-16: ads [17-18: blank], original pictorial blue cloth, front panel stamped in white, orange and black, spine panel stamped in white and orange. First U.S. edition, first printing. The correct first printing of the U.S. edition with title page dated 1907 and omitting "Father Maddox's Tale," a story which did appear in the earlier UK edition and in later printings of the Benziger edition. Benson's best collection of short fiction. "... Montague Summers said of A MIRROR OF SHALOTT ... that 'there are few better stories of this kind.' It is a series of stories recounted by a group of priests, much in the Canterbury Tales vein, each telling of his supernatural experiences." - Ashley , Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 32. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-18. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 149. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, Volume II, p. 21 (recording the earlier UK edition). Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 28-31. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-19. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 71. Bleiler (1978), p. 21. Reginald 01141. Early owner's signature in pencil at top edge of front free endpaper. Just a hint of rubbing to spine ends and lower corner tips, a bright, clean, nearly fine copy of an elusive printing of this book. (#150708).
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