A BOOK OF GHOSTS. Baring-Gould.

A BOOK OF GHOSTS. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. London: Methuen & Co., [1904]. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1] 2-383 [384: printer's imprint], eight inserted plates with illustrations by D. Murray Smith, original red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, bottom edge untrimmed. First U.S. edition. The U.S. edition was made up from sheets of the British edition with a Putnam title leaf replacing the Methuen one. Collects twenty-one stories. "Collection of ghost stories, some dating back to the 1850s. Most are slight tales of apparitions; the most interesting are 'Pomps and Vanities,' a tale of possession; and 'The Merewigs,' a farce in which persons who made no spiritual progress in their last incarnation must now haunt the British Museum." - Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-6. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, pp. 26-7. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 97. Bleiler (1978), p. 15. Reginald 00865. Corner tips rubbed, cloth worn along two 15 mm sections of rear joint, plate facing page 126 is a bit loose and slightly frayed at edges, faint creasing and several short closed tears in two leaves (pp. 365-368), still, a better than average copy of this book, with bright gold cover stamping and a clean, unfoxed text block. (#75954).

Price: $350.00

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"First Published in 1904" on copyright page.