BETWEEN THE DARK AND THE DAYLIGHT: ROMANCES. New York and London: Harper and Brothers, 1907. Octavo, pp. [1-10] [1-2] 3-184 [185] [186: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank], six inserted plates, original decorated green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, t.e.g. First edition, first binding. Collects seven stories. Howells is an important bridge author in the evolution of American SF. "In these stories Howells well illustrates the culmination of the development of the 'ghost story' toward a form of science fiction. Like James and Bierce, he suggests that each incident is the creation of an imagination dominated by a single idea; yet he carries the stories further than either of the others did, for through the character of Wanhope he attempts to explain each incident in terms of the psychological theories and speculations of the period. His stories stand, therefore, at the very crossroads between a fantasy dealing with the supernatural and a science fiction dealing with the accepted facts and theories of contemporary psychology." - Clareson, The Emergence of American Science Fiction: 1880-1915., p. 84. A landmark book in the SF genre. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-94 and (1981) 1-101. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-96. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 431. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 118, Bleiler (1978), p. 104. Reginald 07500. Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 H-925. BAL 9783. Mild wear to cloth at upper spine end, a bright, fine copy. (#156145).

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