TERRIBLE TALES: SPANISH. Paris, London, Chicago, New York, Washington: Brentano's, n.d. . Octavo, pp. [1-8]  2-178 [179-180: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], original gray cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, t.e.g., fore and bottom edges trimmed. First edition. The Brentano's edition was printed in Edinburgh by R. & R. Clark and was probably issued simultaneously with the W. W. Gibbings edition published in London in 1890. Author of all these tales is Gustavo Adolfo Becquer (1836-1870), known as "the Spanish Poe," the most famous nineteenth century Spanish writer of supernatural fiction, also very influential on Latin American fiction. This is one of only two English-language collections extant, the other being the Romantic Legends of Spain (Crowell 1909). Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-3. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1585. Bleiler (1978), p. 37. Reginald 13946. Remnants of pictorial label affixed to front paste-down, inked names on front free endpaper and first blank. Binding slightly leaned, wear to corner tips, spine ends a bit rubbed, a closed split in cloth along outer rear joint, light ring stain to front cover, free endpapers tanned, a very good, tight copy with a clean interior. (#156304).
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