(#173670) "SOMETHING JUST NA'E CANNY." Alice Maude Peel.

"SOMETHING JUST NA'E CANNY." Leeds: M'Corquodale & Co. Limited, 1883. Square octavo, pp. [1-11] 12-112, original paper covered stiff card wrappers printed in black with black cloth shelf back. First edition. "Collection of fourteen weird short stories, some barely more than brief sketches, self-published by the author and sold for the price of one shilling, as she notes in her preface, in order to raise funds for the restoration of St. Helen's Church in Burghwallis, a project undertaken by her father, the Reverend Francis William Peel. The preface also states that Alice was a collector of 'uncanny tales' and the details in her stories came from people she knew. Eleven of the stories are supernatural and feature standard hauntings by dead adulterous lovers or abused children, as well as incidents of second sight, some involving ghosts that appear before loved ones to foretell future misfortunes. The stories are typical of the era as indicated by titles such as 'No. 51, Berkeley Square,' 'Extract from a Paper Written by Lady Beresford,' and 'A Terrible Vision.' 'Two Fiery Eyes' is a short, virtually unknown traditional vampire story that predates DRACULA (1897) by fourteen years. A young Scottish woman is terrorized by a mysterious creature with two glowing yellow eyes that can shapeshift and is tracked by her brothers to a crypt in a nearby church where it is burned alive in its coffin" (Boyd White). Wrappers worn at edges, wrappers rubbed and tanned, small stain on the fore-edge of the text block, but a very good copy. OCLC and COPAC both report 1 copy at the University of Aberdeen in the UK. We know of three others. Rare. (#173670).

Price: $2,500.00

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