FOGGERTY'S FAIRY AND OTHER TALES. London, Glasgow, Manchester, and New York: George Routledge and Sons, 1890 [i.e. 1889]. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii  10-366 [367-368: ads], original maroon pebbled cloth, front panel lettered in gold and ruled in blind, spine panel lettered and ruled in gold, rear panel ruled in blind, black coated endpapers, all edges trimmed, height of binding is 18.6 cms. First edition, first issue, variant binding. Collects nineteen short stories, including fantastic and criminous tales, a number of which were subsequently dramatized by the author. Only a few copies of this edition were circulated (according to Searle) as another publisher claimed copyright in two of the stories. The collection was reissued eighteen months later on cheaper paper as part of "Routledge's Hearth and Home Library." "Includes 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern,' a (very funny) comic deconstruction of Hamlet and a possible source of Tom Stoppard's play (and film) 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.'" - Robert Eldridge. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-67. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 417. Tuck, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy Through 1968, p. 186. Bleiler (1978), p. 82. Queen, The Detective Short Story, p. 46. Early owner's signature on verso of front free endpaper. Just a bit of rubbing to cloth at spine ends and corner tips, a tight, clean, very good copy. An attractive copy of a book rarely found in nice condition. (#152112).
No statement of printing. First issue has no copyright statement underneath "Note" on page [vi].