THE GERRARD STREET MYSTERY AND OTHER WEIRD TALES. John Charles Dent.

THE GERRARD STREET MYSTERY AND OTHER WEIRD TALES. Toronto: Rose Publishing Company, 1888. Octavo, pp. [i-iii] iv-vii [viii] [17] 18-206 [207-208: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank; text complete despite gap in pagination], flyleaves at front and rear, original bevel-edged two-part blue-gray and brown cloth, all panels stamped in gold, top edge untrimmed, white endpapers with floral pattern printed in blue. First edition. Posthumously published collection of short fiction by a Canadian journalist and historian who was born in England in 1841 and shortly thereafter taken to Canada by his parents. Includes a memoir of Dent by "R. W. D." whose full name is given in pencil in an unknown hand as "R. W. Douglas" in a copy previously through our hands. A collection of four sensational, criminous, and supernatural tales. Includes "The Gerrard Street Mystery," a sensational crime story involving clairvoyance, first published in BELFORD'S MONTHLY MAGAZINE, May 1877; "Gagtooth's Image," a sentimental story of a man who dies of a broken heart following the accidental deaths of his wife and child; "The Haunted House on Duchess Street," a ghost story; and "Savareen's Disappearance," a mystery story. Colombo and Others, Cdn SF & F: A Bibliography of Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy, p. 27. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 38. Reginald 04131. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Barzun and Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime 3406. Hubin (1994), p. 228. Large 1909 Christmas gift inscription on the front paste-down. Cloth lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips, cloth soiled and a bit spotted, gold stamping on spine panel dull, a sound, good copy. (#165876).

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