TALES OF THE MASQUE. London: Lawrence and Bullen, 1894. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-3] 4-207 [208: blank] [1-7: ads] [8: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank], title page printed in red and black, original decorated green cloth, spine and front panels stamped in dark green, all edges untrimmed. First edition. Perhaps a later binding, one of two known variants with "Pollard" imprint on the spine panel, this one green cloth with spine titled "CORNISH / DROLLS" and imprint reading "TRURO / J. POLLARD." The author's second collection of Cornish literary fables including "Ego Speaks," viewpoint of a murdered man's spirit, and "The Sorcery of the Forest," alavism in the jungle. Less folkloristic, more fin de siecle in tone than previous collection DROLLS FROM SHADOWLAND (1893). Interesting work. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-137. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 406. Bleiler (1978), p. 155. Reginald 11251. Hubin (1994), p. 632. Wolff 5484 (recording this green cloth variant). Free endpapers darkened, a bright, tight, very good copy. An uncommon book. (#152073).

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