(#170093) A BUDGET OF TARES. Austin Philips, John, Drury.

A BUDGET OF TARES. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1911. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii [viii] [1] 2-310 [311-312: ads], original gray cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in gold, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. "A mixed collection of fifteen stories originally published in periodicals such as CORNHILL MAGAZINE, STRAND MAGAZINE, and LADY’S REALM. Most of the stories are mainstream fiction, primarily romantic melodramas. In 'Old Sandy,' a beloved schoolteacher is dismissed because of his advanced age and seemingly outdated instructional methods, and in 'The Ghost in the House,' a deceased author's secretary attempts to prove his love to the writer's widow by ghostwriting posthumously published novels that he claims are the dead author’s unpublished manuscripts. 'The Masseuse,' 'A Matter of Contract,' 'The Bath,' and 'The Choice' contain criminous elements and all are well done, particularly 'The Bath' in which an elderly attendant at the brine baths in a health spa gets his revenge on the unscrupulous financier who ruined him years earlier by literally boiling the financier alive. Best of all is the weird tale 'The Proof' in which a photographer is tormented by pictures he took of his goddaughter, Agatha, when she was a teenager because they all inexplicably show a mysterious young man lurking in the background ready to plunge a dagger into her heart. Years later, when the photographer meets Agatha’s fiancé, Fergusson, he immediately recognizes him as the figure from the photographs, but because the photographer has destroyed the prints and the negatives, when he tries to intervene, no one believes him" (Boyd White). Hubin (1994), p. 642. A clean, tight, very good copy. (#170093).

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