TONGUES OF CONSCIENCE. Robert Hichens, Smythe.

TONGUES OF CONSCIENCE. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers, [1900]. Octavo, pp. [1-14] [1-2] 3-368 [369-372: blank] [note: first three and last two leaves are blanks, first two and last two used as front and rear paste-downs and free endpapers], title page printed in orange and black, original decorated red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First U.S. edition, first printing. Printed from the plates used for the British first edition. Hichens' best short story collection. "An unusual collection of stories which all feature guilt-induced hauntings, including the remarkably painful 'The Cry of the Child' and the tragic 'Sea Change' as well as Hichens's finest work -- and one of the finest of all English ghost stories -- 'How Love Came to Professor Guildea' ... in which a scientist who boasts that he has put away sympathy and sentimentality as useless encumbrances finds his resolve tested to destruction by the attention of a doting moronic spirit." - Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-87. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 93. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 808. Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers, pp. 417-418. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 203. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-102. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 255. Bleiler (1978), p. 99. Reginald 07176. Mild wear to spine ends and corner tips, top edge of pages dusty, last three leaves have old creases at lower fore-edges, a bright, very good copy. A nice copy of an uncommon book. (#158597).

Price: $250.00

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No statement of printing; the second printing is marked "second edition" on title page.