THE FURTHER SIDE OF SILENCE. Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1927. Large octavo, nineteen full-page black and white illustrations by Mahlon Blaine, title page printed in black and orange, original black cloth, printed paper labels affix to spine and front panels, top edge stained terra cotta, other edges untrimmed, illustrated endpapers. First printing with these illustrations. The author went out to the Malay peninsula at an early age, learned the languages and something of the people, and rose quickly to high colonial office, while writing about his experiences in a series of novels and short story collections. At his best, his work is not unworthy of comparison to Maugham's, and frequently strikes a horrific or tragic note. He has been largely ignored by students of the horror and supernatural traditions. This collection contains at least two small gems belonging to those traditions, "The Were-Tiger" and "The Ghoul". In his preface the author makes a case for colonialism, which was increasingly under attack at the time. Bleiler (1978) p. 44. Tuck (1974), p. 104. Three corners bumped, inner front hinge cracked (repairable), still a sound, good copy. (#161497).
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