(#170220) THE PAINTED FACE. Oliver Onions, George Oliver.

THE PAINTED FACE. London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1929. Octavo, pp. [1-6] [1-2] 3-294, original decorated blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in silver, publisher's windmill device stamped in blind on rear panel. First edition. Onions' third collection of supernatural fiction. Collects three novellas, "The Painted Face," "The Rosewood Door," and "The Master of the House," the first two excellent ghost stories "rivaling in quality 'The Beckoning Fair One'" (Bleiler [1985]), the last an atypical Onions thriller with lycanthropy theme. "Onions' ghostly fiction is characterized by psychological realism and an unusual elegance ... 'The Painted Face ...' deserves to be widely anthologized ... In Onions' ghost stories the theme of frustrated love is central, as is a concern for ancestral memory and reincarnation ... His best stories represent the psychological ghost story at its height." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 309-10. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 141. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-155. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1263. Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, p. 509. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 709. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature I, pp. 294-95. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-189. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 398. Bleiler (1978), p. 151. Reginald 11005. Mild tanning to endpapers along gutter margins, hint of sunning to spine panel, a fine copy in very good 7/6 pictorial dust jacket with mild wear at lower spine end and corner tips and shallow loss at upper spine end with internal tape mends to same, mild tanning to spine panel, and a bit of general dust soiling. An excellent copy of a scarce, important book that is seldom found in dust jacket. (#170220).

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"First Published 1929" on copyright page.