TALES OF SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS. San Francisco: E. L. G. Steele, 1891. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-300 [301-304: blank] [note: penultimate leaf is a blank; final leaf excised; fly leaf precedes title leaf], original brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. Classic collection of short fiction including "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," Bierce's best known story. Stories "reminiscent of Poe's tales of horror and marked by an ingenious use of the surprise ending, a sardonic humor, and a realistic study of tense emotional states" (OCAL). Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 1-13. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-7. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 162. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 073. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 33-4. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1436-40. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-23. Bleiler (1978), p. 23. Reginald 01265. Wright (III) 525. BAL 1109 (binding variant A). Starrett 8. Grolier American 100: 94. Baird and Greenwood, An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction 1664-1970 252. Early owner's signature on the front paste-down. Cloth rubbed at edges, mild tanning to endpapers and page edges, a very good, bright copy. An attractive, better than average copy of this book. (#166467).
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