TALES OF THE UNEASY. London: William Heinemann, 1911. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii [viii] [1-2] 3-319 [320: printer's imprint], original decorated terra cotta cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in gold, publisher's windmill device stamped in black on rear panel, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. The first of two books collecting Hunt's short weird fiction, followed by MORE TALES OF THE UNEASY (1925). "Excellent stories, in which the supernatural is used as a technical device to indicate ironies of fate and the intimate relationship of life and death." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 877. "Miss Hunt had an ability for imbuing her stories with an original treatment, making even the hoariest old ghost chillingly refreshing." - Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 99. "Her themes and plots are traditional, with recognizable Victorian ghosts. Her individual treatment of this cliched material, however, is fresh and original ..." - Tymn (ed), Horror Literature, 3-113. One of the nine stories "The Tiger Skin," a conte cruel, was expanded and reprinted separately as THE TIGER SKIN (1924). Barron (ed), Horror Literature, 3-99. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, p. 488. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 214-15. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 271. Bleiler (1978), p. 105. Reginald 07616. Early owner's signature dated 1911 on the front free endpaper. Cloth worn at upper spine end and rubbed at lower spine end, corner tips, and along outer hinges, several small spots to cloth, slight spine lean, endpapers and first and last leaves tanned, still a very good copy overall, and in better condition than usually found. A supernatural fiction cornerstone, and exceedingly scarce. (#169874).
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