THE HOUSE BY THE CHURCH-YARD. London: Tinsley, Brothers, Catherine-St., Strand, 1863. Octavo, three volumes: pp. [1-4] [1] 2-310; [1-4] [1] 2-318; [1-4] [1] 2-312, original decorated green pebbled cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panels stamped in gold, yellow coated endpapers. First edition, first issue, English preliminaries. THE HOUSE BY THE CHURCH-YARD is one of "four sensation novels [written by Le Fanu] that are the best of their kind ... Aside from three interpolated tales treating the supernatural [notably, "The Haunting of the Tiled House"], [it] is devoted to mystery and to exposing dark crimes committed in the past." - Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers, p. 225. "The pages of the novel are crimsoned in gore with seasonings of hauntings, apparitions, and brooding menace. There are connoisseurs of the ghostly who put it first among Le Fanu's works." - Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 2-61. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 115. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-49. Ellis, Wilkie Collins, Le Fanu and Others, p. 158, etc. Sullivan, Elegant Nightmares, p. 36. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 261. Bleiler (1948), p. 177. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Hubin (1994), p. 493. Sadleir 1379a (collates as per his "Copy II"). Wolff 4016. Gift inscription on the front free endpaper of volume one and signatures of two early owners on the free endpapers of each volume. Cloth a bit rubbed, volume one has a slight shelf lean, a very good copy. A remarkably nice, unsophisticated copy, today rare thus in commerce. Housed in a custom clamshell box. (#151825).

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