JOHN SILENCE: PHYSICIAN EXTRAORDINARY. New York: Vaughan & Gomme, 1914. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v [vi-viii] 1-390 [391-392: blank] [393-395: ads] [396: blank], original dark blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. Later edition. A presentation copy inscribed by the publishers on the front free endpaper: "To / Edward R Dickson / This first book to be published / by Donald G. Vaughan / & / Lawrence J. Gomme / March 6, 1914." The "second American edition," comprising 500 copies, printed from plates made for the 1908 Nash edition. The author's third and best-known book presents five cases of Blackwood's psychic detective, "a sometimes overtalkative character who resembles Stoker's Van Helsing, Le Fanu's Dr. Hesselius, and especially Hodgson's Dr. Carnacki." - Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-32. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, pp. 36-7. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-27. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 177. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 34. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 38-40. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1443-46. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-32. Bleiler (1978), p. 24. Reginald 01392. Ashley A.3.11. A bright, nearly fine copy. (#159162).