THE FROZEN DEEP AND OTHER STORIES. London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1874. Octavo, two volumes: [i-vii] viii [1-3] 4-5  7-10  12-248; [1-2] [i-v] vi [1-3] 4-282 [283-284: blank], original brown cloth, front panels stamped in black, spine panels stamped in gold, rear panels stamped in blind, top edges untrimmed, pale yellow coated endpapers with publisher's ads, First edition. Collects three short novels, "The Frozen Deep," "The Dream Woman: A Mystery, in Four Narratives," and "John Jago's Ghost; or, the Dead Alive." First book appearance of Collins's rewritten narrative version of "The Frozen Deep," originally written in collaboration with Charles Dickens as a play in 1856. "The Dream Woman: A Mystery, in Four Narratives," is one of Collins's best horror stories. This version of "The Dream Woman" (Collins's third and most effective) is an expansion of "The Ostler," first published in the Christmas issue of HOUSEHOLD WORDS for 1855, and "Brother Morgan's Story of the Dream Woman" collected in THE QUEEN OF HEARTS published by Hurst and Blackett in 1859. "The final version of "The Dream Woman" [is] well worth the effort of tracking down ... The story's climax is unsurpassed in the author's work." - Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, p. 237. "John Jago's Ghost" is a crime story based on one of the most famous murder cases in nineteenth-century American criminal law. Two brothers confessed to a murder they did not commit and, based on circumstantial evidence, were convicted and sentenced to death. At the last moment, the mentally deranged alleged victim was found alive. He had apparently wandered off of his own volition. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 408a. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 211. The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 85. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 141. Reginald 03222. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Hubin (1994), p. 180. Sadleir 581. Wolff 1353. Early owner's signature dated 1875 on recto of first leaves of each volume, later owner's bookplates affixed to front paste-downs. 7 mm closed tear at crown of spine panel of volume one, inner hinge of volume one repaired, binding of volume two slightly warped at fore-edges, else a bright, nearly fine set. (#153259).
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