CHECKMATE. Philadelphia: Evans, Stoddart & Co., 1871. Octavo, pp. [i-ii] iii-iv 5-182 [183-184: ads], illustrations, original light tan wrappers printed in black, sewn. First U.S. edition. A killer with a surgically altered face attempts to ingratiate himself into the family of his victim. When this doesn't work he resolves to destroy them. "A mystery novel containing highly atmospheric and effective scenes but which is only of borderline supernatural interest." - Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 321. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 2-59. Hubin (1979), p. 250. Spine roll, some spotting and soiling to wrappers, a very good copy. Housed in an attractive custom clamshell box. (#151823).
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