MONTEZUMA'S CASTLE AND OTHER WEIRD TALES ... Author's Edition. Charles Cory.

MONTEZUMA'S CASTLE AND OTHER WEIRD TALES ... Author's Edition. Boston: [Press of Rockwell and Churchill], 1899. Octavo, pp. [1-2] 3 [4] 5 [6-7] 8-233 [234-238: blank] [note: last two leaves are blanks], fly leaves at front and rear, nine inserted plates, original pictorial brown morocco, front and spine panels stamped and tooled in gold and blind, rear panel tooled in blind, inner dentelles, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. First edition. Of two recorded imprints, priority if any undetermined, this copy has the Boston imprint. Most copies of the "Author's Edition" are bound in cloth; this is the only copy we have seen bound in leather and it may be so bound for the author (a penciled note on the verso of the front free endpaper would tend to support such an assignation). Mixed collection of sixteen short stories, some with southwestern settings, by Charles Barney Cory (1857-1921), a Boston born ornithologist who was curator o the Boston Society of Natural History until 1905. "Includes a cycle of fantastic 'tall tales' inspired by hallucinogenic Jou Jou powder; also several ghost stories set in the Southwest." - Robert Knowlton. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 437. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 196. Bleiler (1978), p. 50. Reginald 03457. Tuck (1974), p. 118 (calling the book "very scarce"). Wright (III) 1209. Ex-libris "Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library with their stamps on the dedication page and two tiny label on the front paste-down. Morocco rubbed at edges and stained, front free endpaper partially split at gutter margin, front flyleaf detached, a very good copy. An uncommon book in perhaps a unique binding. (#151902).

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