(#171230) AN ITINERANT HOUSE AND OTHER STORIES. Emma Frances Dawson.

AN ITINERANT HOUSE AND OTHER STORIES. San Francisco: William Doxey, 1897 [i.e. November 1896]. Octavo, pp. [1-12] [1] 2-320, fly leaves at front and rear, ten illustrations by Ernest C. Peixotto, nine on inserted plates, one a vignette in the text, publisher's decorated dark gray cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. First edition. A collection of ten short weird and fantastic tales. Dawson, a popular California author, was published in many of the leading West Coast magazines during the 1880s and 1890s. Her fiction was highly regarded by the San Francisco literati, including Ambrose Bierce, who termed her "head and shoulders" above her contemporaries. "Unusual and worth reading, despite flaws of presentation." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 479. Two of the stories collected here, "A Stray Reveler" and "A Sworn Statement" were commissioned by Bierce and published in Christmas issues of THE WASP. "A Gracious Visitation" was published separately, with an appreciation by Bierce, by The Book Club of California in 1921, and the title story was published separately as a paperbound chapbook by The Book Club of California in 1936 as part of their "California Literary Pamphlets" series. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 63. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 114. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-65. Bleiler (1978), p. 57. Reginald 03919. Wright (III) 1449. Baird and Greenwood, An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction 1664-1970 618. Harlan 33. Small, faint stain on front cover, a bright, nearly fine copy. (#171230).

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