THE DEAD SAILOR AND OTHER STORIES. London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1889. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi [vii-viii] [1-3] 4-149 [150-152] [blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original bevel-edged blue green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, publisher's monogram stamped in blind on rear panel, top edge untrimmed, black coated endpapers. First edition. Four tales of the weird and supernatural: "The Dead Sailor," inhabitants of a small Norfolk coastal village haunted by the restless corpse of a drowned Dutch sailor, body ultimately buried at sea; " Don Ignacio Giron," a Spanish traveler passing the night at a haunted country inn has a close encounter with the murderous ghosts of two female banditti; "St. Margaret's Pearls," Saint Margaret saves an amorous Norfolk fisherman from the Devil in the form of a beautiful mermaid who gives the mariner a string of pearls; and "A Ghost's Redemption," sleeping chamber haunted by the ghosts of a young Elizabethan woman and her husband, both of whom committed suicide after wife unwittingly poisons another woman in love with her husband, the result of plot of local witch gone awry. The source of the last story appears to be the Earl and Countess of Lytton whom Sir John thanks "for their kind permission to make this story public." The first story is enigmatic, atmospheric, and nicely told. "Interesting traditional ghost stories, very mid-Victorian in flavor, the sort of thing you'd find in Christmas annuals of the 70's and 80's." - Robert Knowlton. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 185 and A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 149. Reginald 12294. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). A bright, nearly fine copy. A rare book. (#153326).

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