THE WIND IN THE ROSE-BUSH AND OTHER STORIES OF THE SUPERNATURAL. New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1903. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-2] 3-237 [238-240] [note: last leaf is a blank], eight inserted plates with illustrations by Peter Newell, original pictorial light green cloth, front panel stamped in dark green, red, white and gold, spine panel stamped in dark green and gold. First edition. "New England regionalist writer, highly regarded for cameo like, naturalistic pictures of domestic life and for supernatural stories ... THE WIND IN THE ROSE-BUSH (1903), Freeman's only supernatural collection, is of greater critical and historical importance than its uniqueness might suggest. It is one of the very few bodies of work that combine domestic realism with supernaturalism, and it has been the founding document of a minor school within supernatural fiction (notably August Derleth and his followers). The individual stories are also excellent." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 163. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-71. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 662. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 231. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 395. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-259. Bleiler (1978), p. 77. Reginald 15339. BAL 6371 (BAL notes that Merle Johnson termed this binding the earliest). Small embossed stamp and inked name of early private owner Rena L. Hamilton on front free endpaper. A fine, bright copy. Very scarce in this condition. The ultimate collector's copy of this lovely book. (#75250).
"Published March, 1903" on copyright page.