(#170468) TOPPLETON'S CLIENT OR A SPIRIT IN EXILE. John Kendrick Bangs.

TOPPLETON'S CLIENT OR A SPIRIT IN EXILE. London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., 1893. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii [1] 2-269 [270-272: blank], original pictorial blue-gray boards printed in black. First edition. The British edition published by Osgood, McIlvaine was printed from the same setting as the Webster edition but apparently was released for sale several weeks prior to the American edition. A supernatural story in which a ghost outwits a foolish young lawyer and takes over his body. "An overcomplicated ghost story in which horror and humor intermix." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 84. "Interesting variant on the deal-with-the-devil theme. An uncommonly serious novel, his first fantasy novel, with a few touches of humor but more horror and grue in it than anything else." - Leon Gammell. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 87. Bleiler (1978), p. 15. Reginald 00837. BAL 713. See Wright (III) 283. Spine lean, boards worn at spine ends and corners, endpapers foxed, a sound copy. A not-so-good copy of a very scarce edition of this novel. (#170468).

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