GHOSTS: BEING THE EXPERIENCES OF FLAXMAN LOW, by K. and Hesketh Prichard (E. and H. Heron). London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1899. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii  2-300 [301-302: ads], twelve inserted plates with illustrations by B. E. Minns, original pictorial green cloth, front panel stamped in black, brown and cream, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Collects the twelve Flaxman Low psychic detective ghost stories first published in two series of six stories each in PEARSON'S MAGAZINE in 1898 and 1899 under the pen name of "E. and H. Heron." "Series of hauntings investigated by Flaxman Low, an occult Sherlock Holmes, culminating in a confrontation with his Moriarty, the evil Dr. Kalmarkane." - Robert Knowlton. "Probably the first important adventures of an occult detective, if Le Fanu's Dr. Hesselius is momentarily overlooked ... Derivative from Doyle, but important historically, despite commercial level." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 799. "A landmark contribution to horror fiction." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 334. The first book edition of these stories is rare and only six of the stories were collected in the rather shoddy wartime 1916 reprint edition. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 151. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-85. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 178. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, pp. 253-54. Bleiler (1978), p. 99. Reginald 11896. Bookplate of Sir Malcolm Fraser affixed to the front paste-down. Top edge a bit dusty, corner tips just a bit soft, a clean, very good copy with bright gold lettering on the spine panel. A lovely copy that presents well overall. In custom green cloth clamshell box with leather spine label (#154917).
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