THE HAUNTED HOTEL: A MYSTERY OF MODERN VENICE. TO WHICH IS ADDED MY LADY'S MONEY. London: Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1879 [i.e. 1878]. Octavo, two volumes: pp. [i-vii] viii [ix-x] [1-3] 4-230 [231: publisher's device] [232: blank]; [i-vi] [1-3] 4-259 [260: blank], six inserted plates with illustrations by Arthur Hopkins, full brown polished calf, spine panels richly tooled in gold, brown and black title and author pieces, front and rear panels ruled and tooled in gold, inner dentelles, t.e.g., marbled endpapers (binding by Riviere & Son). First combined edition. "The Haunted Hotel" was published as a magazine serial in BELGRAVIA from June through November 1878. "In many respects this is Collins's last sustained work. The detective element is clever; the story embodies the full development and complexity which were Collins's forte; and the psychology of the countess and her relationship with Fate are excellent. The supernatural aspects, however, are pedestrian." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 411. "My Lady's Money" was published as the 1877 Christmas number of the ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS. "The Haunted Hotel" was published separately in book form in Toronto in October 1878 by Rose-Belford Publishing Company, preceding its publication here by a few weeks. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 55. Ellis, Wilkie Collins, Le Fanu and Others, p. 49. Glover and Green, Victorian Detective Fiction 72 (citing a later edition). Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 85-6. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 143. Bleiler (1978), p. 47. Reginald 03226. Hubin (1994), p. 180. Wolff 1355. Leather bookplate of George Staehle affixed to front paste-down. A fine copy. (#153303).
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