THE DEVIL'S MISTRESS. London: William Rider and Son, Limited, n.d. . Octavo, pp. [i-viii] ix [x] xi-xii 1-357; 358-360: ads, publisher's decorated burgundy cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and blind. First edition. A presentation copy with inscription by Brodie-Innes on the verso of the half title leaf: "To G Widnall Esq. / With kindest regards / from the Author." "Supernatural romance of witchcraft and Satanism, excellent historical detail and use of Scots folklore. Based on the true case of Isabel Gaudie in early seventeenth century." - Robert Knowlton. "... a classic of its kind." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 55. "... intelligent and with much interesting subject matter." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 277. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-36. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 41. Bleiler (1978), p. 31. Reginald 01908. Cloth lightly rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, spine lean, inner rear hinge cracked but holding tight, a very good copy. This first printing is scarce and is rarely found in nice condition. Tipped onto the rear free endpaper is a lengthy typewritten letter dated 29 October 1959 from William Rae to "My dear Widnall (the inscribee, or perhaps his son or a relative) with a lengthy account of the historical background of the novel which he says "is an amazing book, not only because of its actual wording but because of the revelation it gives of the most uncommon knowledge possessed by the author." (#172010).
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