DAVID POINDEXTER'S DISAPPEARANCE AND OTHER TALES. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1888. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-3] 4-210 1-10 [11-12]: ads, no flyleaves, original brick red wrappers printed in black. First edition. This Appleton edition was published in paper wrappers at 50¢ and in a publisher's hardcover bind-up for the library market. This is one of the paperbound copies. Collects five tales including Hawthorne's early timeslip vampire classic, "Ken's Mystery," and "My Friend Paton," a ghost story. The former is "probably Hawthorne's best short story." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 771. "The influence of Victorian sensation fiction and the penny dreadfuls such as the notorious VARNEY THE VAMPIRE; OR, THE FEAST OF BLOOD (1847) is clearly evident in this vampire story ... The Gothic content of this work and others by the son of the famous American author show how dedicated Julian Hawthorne was to the shock and thrill qualities of Gothicism in contrast to Nathaniel Hawthorne's reticence and coolness toward direct displays of gore and horror." - Frank, Through the Pale Door: A Guide To and Through the American Gothic 177. This is probably Hawthorne's best short story collection. Bleiler (1978), p. 96. Reginald 06939. Queen, The Detective Short Story, p. 51. Hubin (1994), p. 384. Wright (III) 2582. Light wear at spine ends, a very good copy. A beautiful copy of a fragile production. The somewhat pulpy paper probably accounts for some of the book's scarcity. (#157190).
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