(#173519) THE PHANTOM SHIP. Frederick Marryat.

THE PHANTOM SHIP. London: Henry Colburn, Publisher, Great Marlborough Street, 1839. 12mo, three volumes: [1-4] [1] 2-300; [1-2] [1] 2-289 [290: blank]; [1-2] [1] 2-266 [267-268: ads] + 4 leaves of ads [N3-(N6)] [note: half title present in volume one, none called for in volumes two and three], nineteenth-century decorated full brown leather elaborately stamped in gold and ruled in blind, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. First edition. "The undisputed master of the sea story, noted for such classics as MR MIDSHIPMAN EASY (1834). Marryat was also enchanted with the Gothic horror field and produced two chilling excursions into the supernatural, first with SNARLEYYOW, OR THE DOG FIEND (1836), then THE PHANTOM SHIP (1839), a stirring and lusty retelling of the Flying Dutchman legend. Both novels are much overlooked today, except for the werewolf episode from the second book, often reprinted separately as 'The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains.'" - Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 126. Chapter 39, "Krantz's Narrative," is "an excellent Romantic tale, the first significant werewolf tale in English, and still one of the best. It marks first appearance of many of the standard werewolf motifs." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1110. "Krantz's Narrative" has "a unique flavour all its own, and reads today, with its undated prose and almost laconic narrative method, as though it had been newly penned." - Copper, The Werewolf in Legend, Fact & Art, pp. 162-65. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2061. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 151. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature, pp. 40-1. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 2-67. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 454. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 133. Reginald 09688. Block, The English Novel 1740-1850, p. 153. NCBEL III 705. Sadleir 1593. Wolff 4532. Leather lightly rubbed at edges, but quite a nice copy, lacking the half title leaf in volume one but retaining the rarely seen four leaves of publisher's ads at the rear of volume three. (#173519).

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