TONGUES OF CONSCIENCE. London: Methuen & Co., 1900. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-2] 3-368 [note: first leaf is a blank] + 48-page publisher's catalogue dated "August 1900" inserted at rear, original red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, edges untrimmed. First edition. Hichens's best short story collection. "An unusual collection of stories which all feature guilt-induced hauntings, including the remarkably painful 'The Cry of the Child' and the tragic 'Sea Change' as well as Hichens's finest work -- and one of the finest of all English ghost stories -- 'How Love Came to Professor Guildea' ... in which a scientist who boasts that he has put away sympathy and sentimentality as useless encumbrances finds his resolve tested to destruction by the attention of a doting moronic spirit." - Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-87. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 93. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 808. Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers, pp. 417-418. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 203. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-102. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 255. Bleiler (1978), p. 99. Reginald 07176. Wolff 3202. Fore-edges of paste-downs foxed, a nearly fine copy in very good 6/- decorated dust jacket with rubbing along folds, light wear at edges, and mild fade to spine panel. A scarce book, more so in the jacket. (#170334).
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