OLD FIRES AND PROFITABLE GHOSTS: A BOOK OF STORIES. London: Cassell and Company Limited, 1900. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1] 2-341 [342: printer's imprint] [343-344: ads] + 8-page publisher's catalogue dated "10.06" inserted at rear, original olive-green vertically ribbed cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, top edge untrimmed, other edges trimmed, plain endpapers. First edition, later issue (earlier issues are bound in red buckram, t.e.g., other edges trimmed or untrimmed, with inserted ads dated September 1900). Quiller-Couch's best collection of short fiction, including classic ghost stories, "A Pair of Hands" and "The Seventh Man." Also "Oceanus," visions of infernal regions; "The Lady of the Ship," shipwrecked Bohemian witch; and "The Mystery of Joseph Laquedem," the end of the Wandering Jew. Also a horrific suspense story "The Room of Mirrors." Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 152. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-161. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1356. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 342. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-207. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 415. Bleiler (1978), p. 162. Reginald 11952. Hubin (1994), p. 662. NCBEL III 1072. Early private owner's small printed book label affixed to front paste-down, "23 September 1911" date in ink on same, a fine copy. Quite scarce in superior condition. (#77293).

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