HUMAN AFFAIRS. London: David Nutt, 1907. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-3] 4-274 [275-276] [first and last leaves are blanks], original blue gray vertically ribbed cloth, front panel ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First edition, first binding. A collection of seven stories including "Verschoyle's House," a long, complex novella of haunting and possession set in Cromwellian times. "In his early work O'Sullivan affected an ornate fin-de-siècle style well done for its kind, but after the turn of the century, as this passed out of favor, he adopted a clear, concise style and naturalistic subject matter. His infrequent later excursions into the supernatural are markedly different from his earlier treatments, but they explore the same themes with force and insight." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 316. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 171. Bleiler (1978), p. 152. Reginald 11052. Not in the Colbeck collection catalogue. Cloth worn at spine ends and corner tips, remnants of a Boots label on the front cover, library label affixed to rear paste-down, a not so nice copy of a very scarce book. (#165155).
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