AT A WINTER'S FIRE. London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1899. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7 [8-10] 11-303 [304: blank], original pictorial dark blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. The author's first collection of short fiction. Collects eleven stories, mostly weird or fantastic. The first, "Moon Stricken," tells of a "natural telescope lens which enables the protagonist to view the horrific life on the surface of the moon" [Locke]. "Interesting stories." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 342. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-45. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, pp. 164-65. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 47. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 70. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 131. Bleiler (1978), p. 39. Reginald 02559. Private owner's bookplate on the front paste-down. Cloth quite rubbed at edges, several stains to cloth, inner hinges cracked, some tanning to pulpy endpapers and text paper, a fair copy. This edition is quite scarce, unlike its American counterpart. (#165769).
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