BLACK SPIRITS & WHITE: A BOOK OF GHOST STORIES. London: Chatto & Windus, 1896. Small octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-3] 4-150  [152: blank], publisher's dark green flexible pseudo-leather printed in gold and black, one shilling price printed on the front panel, all edges trimmed. First British edition. This collection of six tales of the supernatural is an American fantasy cornerstone. "... foremost for horror fans is a small collection BLACK SPIRITS & WHITE ... hailed as one of the most extraordinary volumes of terror tales published. It includes his best-known story of a frightening journey through 'The Dead Valley,' which Lovecraft [in Supernatural Horror in Literature] singled out for praise." - Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 58. "Excellent local color; transitional between the Victorian personal ghost story and the Edwardian interest in supernatural evil." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 442. "No. 252 Rue M. le Prince" is one of the very best haunted house stories. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-16. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 204. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 60 (this copy). Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 99. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-62. Bleiler (1978), p. 52. Reginald 03535. Topp, Victorian Yellowbacks & Paperbacks, 1849-1905 III, p. 241. 45 mm chip from lower edge of spine panel, wrappers creased, a good copy that is tight and clean internally. The Spectrum copy. The only known copy in this binding. (#172047).
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