(#171503) STRANGE HAPPENINGS. Anonymously Edited Anthology.

STRANGE HAPPENINGS. London: Methuen, 1901. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v [vi] 1-309 [310: printer's imprint] + 48-page publisher's catalogue dated "March 1901" inserted at rear, original decorated blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in red and gold, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First edition. Anthology of sensation fiction by H. D. Lowry, W. Clark Russell, W. E. Norris, Grant Allen, and others. Three of the eighteen stories are supernatural. "The First To Die," by Lowry, describes the laying of a curse by a persecuted unwed mother on the village where her son has been killed. "Selwyn's Utterton's Nemesis," by Allen, is another story about a curse, laid by a woman on her unfaithful husband, who has married her for her money, then tired of her and gradually killed her. "The Silver Snake," by Beatrice O'Connor, concerns a snake bracelet that kills a romantic rival (through either magic or advanced engineering -- the author leaves it ambiguous). The Grant Allen story does not seem to have appeared in any of his short story collections. Cloth worn and scuffed, stain on front paste-down where a label was removed, front free endpaper torn along gutter margin and nearly detached, a sound reading copy of an uncommon Victorian anthology. (#171503).

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