JOHN SILENCE: PHYSICIAN EXTRAORDINARY. Boston: John W. Luce & Company, 1909. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v [vi-viii] 1-390 [391-392: blank], original red cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First U.S. edition. The Luce edition, comprising 1000 copies, was printed from plates made for the 1908 Nash edition. The author's third book, a collection of stories featuring an occult detective. "Probably the best single volume of twentieth-century cases of an occult detective." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 177. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, pp. 36-7. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-27. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 34. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 38-40. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1443-46. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-32. Bleiler (1978), p. 24. Reginald 01392. Ashley A.3.1. Early owner's signature on front paste-down. Corner tips rubbed, dime-sized spot on front cover with loss of "o" and "h" in "John," a very good copy. (#168536).
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