THE HOUSE BY THE CHURCH-YARD ... New Edition. London: Richard Bentley, 1866. Octavo, pp. [i-iv]  2-476, inserted wood-engraved frontispiece and vignette title on plate paper with illustrations after H. E. Doyle, original decorated green cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, brown coated endpapers, fore and bottom edges rough trimmed. First printing of the first one-volume edition, rewritten and enlarged. This edition, published as number 14 of "Bentley's Favourite Novels," was considerably rewritten and enlarged. It contains 99 chapters as against 88 in the three-volume editions. THE HOUSE BY THE CHURCH-YARD is one of "four sensation novels [written by Le Fanu] that are the best of their kind ... Aside from three interpolated tales treating the supernatural [notably, "The Haunting of the Tiled House"], [it] is devoted to mystery and to exposing dark crimes committed in the past." - Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers, p. 225. "The pages of the novel are crimsoned in gore with seasonings of hauntings, apparitions, and brooding menace. There are connoisseurs of the ghostly who put it first among Le Fanu's works." - Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 2-61. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 115. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-49. Ellis, Wilkie Collins, Le Fanu and Others, p. 158, etc. Sullivan, Elegant Nightmares, p. 36. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 261. Bleiler (1948), p. 177. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Hubin (1994), p. 493. Sadleir 1379e. Wolff 4016c. Early owner's name in ink on the front free endpaper. Edmonds & Remnants binder's ticket affixed to rear paste-down. Touch of wear to two corner tips, a tight, very good or better copy with inner hinges intact and clean text block. A superior copy of a scarce and important edition of a book seldom found in decent condition. (#170063).
"New Edition" on title page.