THE UPPER BERTH. New York, London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1894. Tall octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-2] 3-145 [146: blank] [147: ads] [148-152: blank] [note: first two and last two leaves are blanks], original light blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in dark blue, top edge stained red. First U.S. edition of this combination. Collects "The Upper Berth" and "By the Waters of Paradise," first collected respectively in THE BROKEN SHAFT (1886) and THE WITCHING TIME (1887). "'The Upper Berth...' is Crawford's weird masterpiece; and is one of the most tremendous horror-stories in all literature." - Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature, p. 70. "The title story is one of the best material-horror stories, convincing and strong" - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 445. Both tales were collected later in UNCANNY TALES a.k.a. WANDERING GHOSTS (1911). Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 59. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-17. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 101. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, p. 2055. Bleiler (1978), p. 52. Reginald 03547. BAL 4184 (noted state 2). Wright (III) 1288. Early owner's signature dated January 1895 on front free endpaper. Slight spine lean, cloth rubbed at head and tail of spine panel, free endpapers a bit age-darkened, a bright, very good copy. A nice copy of an attractive book. (#90284).
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