Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MONRO (Rev. Edward, M.A.). Sacred Allegories. Second Series. The revellers. The midnight sea. The wanderer. The Journey Home. The dark mountains. By the late Rev. Edward Monro, M.A. London: Joseph Masters, 78, New Bond Street, 1874. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; title leaf tipped onto a stub [v. note]; pp.88+[ii]+96+[ii]+120; magenta sand-grain cloth, ruled and very elaboreately blocked blind on sides, blocked, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, on spine. Small, neat, restoration to cloth at head of spine, and cloth of spine a little faded; prize label (dated 1876) on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £25.00

US $31.00


Three linked works in one volume, originally issued separately, probably in wrappers, the second and third parts (‘The Journey Home’ and ‘The Dark Mountains’) each provided with a separate Contents leaf, that to the first part having probably been excised to provide the stub to which the title leaf is pasted. A sort of pre-cursor of Sword and Sorcery, but Christian in intent. Not in Locke’s ‘Spectra’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

NASH (Henry). Barerock Or The island of pearls. Illustrated by Lancelot Speed. London, Edward Arnold, 37 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C. All rights reserved, N.D. [1891]. Extra cr.8vo; half-title not called for; integral wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and sixteen illustrations in text, mostly full-page and unbacked; pp.[x (including frontispiece)]+411+[i (blank)]; dove grey buckram, pictorially blocked brown, grey-green, flesh-pink, and black, on front cover and spine, lettered black-shadowed gilt and gilt-beaded brown on front cover, lettered gilt, gilt-beaded brown, and black on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers printed with orange-branch design in pale grey-green. Publisher’s label on front cover and rubber-stamp on blank recto of frontispiece; offsetting affecting last two gatherings (v. note); otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp and label. A very early Arnold title, published before they had adopted a policy of plain cover designs, and unusual among Arnold firsts in not bearing a date. The correct first issue, the volume being re-issued in 1894 trimmed down to cr.8vo format. The offsetting from wet sheets affecting the last two gatherings in the present volume may suggest that it was in fact an advance copy or proof. An action-packed juvenile that is a kind of blending of ‘The Coral Island’ with some of Rider Haggard’s African romances, but without the factual consistency of setting that gives to them their verisimilitude: it is instead a show-case very often for the author’s ignorance — unnecessary improbabilities ranging from a sailor telling his fellow sailor at sea that it is ‘two o’clock’, to a boa contrictor (in Africa!) killing its prey with a bite! Includes some lost-race and fantasy elements, in particular an episode depending upon mesmerism, instructions being transmitted by thought processes alone.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OSWALD (E.J.). The Dragon of the North: A tale of the Normans In Italy. By E.J. Oswald, Author of ‘By Fell and Fjord,’ ‘Scenes and Studies in Iceland,’ etc. London, Seeley & Co., 46, 47, & 48, Essex Street, Strand, (Late of 54, Fleet Street), 1888 [i.e. Winter 1887]. Extra cr.8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and seven plates, all captioned in red; integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, not dated but including an advertisement of ‘The Portfolio... Volume for 1887; pp.xii+350+[ii]; patterned-sand-grain yellow-ochre cloth, ruled brown, lettered gilt, pictorially blocked gilt and brown on front cover, ruled brown, lettered and pictorially blocked gilt, on spine; end-papers coated yellow. Covers a little dusty; ink numerals and small rubber-stamp of the Joint Fiction Reserve on front end-paper, but no other signs of library use; couple of blank corners creased; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £60.00

US $74.40


A very early example of sword and sorcery, with a good historical background and a setting of eleventh century Italy. Not in Bleiler, Clute and Nicholls, or Locke’s ‘Spectra’; Nield, ‘Guide to the Best Historical Novels and Tales’, 1911 Supplement, p.262, recording it as a juvenile. There is no list of illustrations, but they are tipped in to face pp.32, 48, 166, 242, 272, 322, and 346.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[PULLEN (Henry William).]. The fight At Dame Europa’s school: Shewing how The German boy thrashed the French boy; And how the English boy looked on. London: Simpkin, Marshall and Co. Salisbury: Brown and Co. The Right of Translation is Reserved. N.D. [1870]. Double pott 16mo sewn as a single gathering; half-title not called for; 3pp. Brown and Co. and trade advertisements at end; pp.28+[iii]+[i (blank)]; light blue-green paper wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black, the back wrapper advertising translations into French and German as “Now Ready, Price Sixpence"; issued without end-papers. Slight foxing of wrappers with offsetting onto facing leaves; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce, especially thus.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Published “Price Sixpence", as stated on the wrappers. This first edition, which was of only 500 copies, was printed at Salisbury and bears the printer’s imprint: “Bennett, printer, Journal Office", on the verso of the title-page and at the end of text. The second, and later, printings declare their status on the wrappers. Demand was such that printing was transferred to Spottiswoode’s in London at the end of January 1871, and by then 29,000 copies had been sold. Subsequent editions published from 1871 onwards were illustrated by T. Nast. The pamphlet ran to at least twenty-seven printings or editions, reaching its 193rd thousand in 1874, and was still in print as late as 1914. Though the pamphlet is common in libraries, copies of the true first printing in the original wrappers as here are very scarce, especially in nice state. All the advertisements in this copy are for Brown & Co.’s publications (supported by various London firms) with the exception of the last, which is for an anonymous three-decker published by Smith, Elder and Co., ‘Six Months Hence’. The wrapper advertisements are, with regard to the imprint, the same as the title-page. Wolff, 5670a, recording the 50th thousand; Locke, ‘Spectrum’, I, p.16, and Wolff, 5671/1, both recording copies without wrappers, and hence of unknown status; not in Sadleir; British Library and National Library of Scotland copies only of the first printing on COPAC.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

RITCHIE (Leitch). The Romance of history. France. In three volumes. Edward Bull, Holles Street, 1831. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles lacking; fly-title to each story, included in the pagination; pp.[viii (paged as [iii]-[viii]+[ii])]+326; [iii]-[vi]+350; [iii]-[vi]+346; contemporary green fine diaper cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.

GB £180.00

US $223.20


Legendary historical tales, including a werewolf story and several other wierd fantasies. Not in Sadleir, or Wolff. The lattermost portion of the final volume and the final leaf of volume one (a single inset), are printed on a different paper stock, this being used also for the preliminary leaves to each volume, which must therefore have been printed last. The leaf following the title-page in each volume is signed ‘a3’, suggesting that half-titles are in fact called for. In volume one both the first leaf of the author’s Advertisement, which follows the title leaf, and the Contents leaf, which follows that, are signed ‘a3’, the Advertisement having apparently been included as an afterthought. This Advertisement is dated 11th December, 1830: it seems probable that the book was issued before Christmas in that year and dated ahead. One of three titles issued by Bull under the same general heading, the others being ‘England’ by Henry Neele, and ‘Italy’ by Charles Macfarlane. Other titles were issued opportunistically under the same heading by other publishers at about the same time.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.


The first scientific ‘disaster’ novel in English.

[SHELLEY (Mary Wollstonecraft).]. The last man. By The author of Frankenstein. In three volumes. London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1826. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for, but bound up without the integral advertisement leaf (v. note) at the end of volume one; advertisements for ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Valperga’ on lower half of last page of text in volume three; pp.[xii]+358; [ii]+328; [ii]+352; contemporary half natural calf, ruled and elaborately tooled gilt on spine, ruled blind on sides, black lettering- and numbering- piece, matching marbled sides and end-papers; sprinkled edges. Some chipping to paper of sides; one numbering-piece supplied from another volume, and not uniform; two pin-head sized holes in blank fore-margin of L3 in volume one, similar hole in lower margin of F7 in volume three, both due to original paper flaws; minute chip from blank lower fore-corner of N3 in volume two; four or five leaves over all with slight, very light, spotting or small stains; a very nice copy, nonetheless, virtually fine internally.

GB £6,600.00

US $8,184.00


Less sought after than ‘Frankenstein’ because never filmed, but better written, scarcer, and just as important in the development of the genre. Locke, ‘Spectrum’, p.194: “Science fiction novel of the twenty-first century which culminates in the wiping out of mankind by a plague; an early and very important work in the history of the development of science fiction.... The book’s importance to the hard core of my 19th century collection of science fiction cannot be over-estimated.” Clute & Nicholls, 1993, p.1099: “The tale served as a model for much subsequent work using its basic idea of a world in which there can be a last, secular survivor.” Sir Edmund Gosse in ‘Silhouettes’ (1925) pp.231 — 8, after noting the rarity of the novel even at that time, speaks of its value outside the genre, as biography, the main characters being informed portraits of Byron (Lord Raymond), Shelley (Earl adrian), Claire Clairmont (Perdita), William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft (Earl Adrian’s parents), etc. “That Mrs. Shelley’s novel was anonymous, and its plot veiled by imaginary names and circumstances, has, I think, concealed the amount of biographical value which it contains. When she wrote it, the events of her husband’s life and of Byron’s were fresh in her memory, and she was incessantly occupied with them. In her solitary and melancholy condition, her thoughts were concentrated on what she had lived through in a few brilliant, feverish years, and her recollections were intense.” Not in Sadleir; Wise, Ashley Library, V, p.39 (the copy read by Gosse); Wolff, 6281; Bleiler, 1948, p.35; CBEL, III, p.416. It is by no means certain that the advertisement leaf recorded as lacking above is in fact called for in this copy. The Ashley Library and Wolff copies are both in the original boards, but collate differently, Wise having apparently assumed that a blank at the start of volumes two and three was in each case integral and conjugate with the title-leaf: but the collation over the three volumes works out to an exact number of whole sheets if the titles were single insets, as in the Wolff copy, and it seems probable that the blanks recorded by Wise were in fact binder’s blanks. This in turn casts into doubt his statement that Q12 in volume one, recorded by Wolff as an advertisement leaf, was also a blank. It seems more likely that this terminal blank in the Wise copy was also a binder’s blank, and, assuming that the Wise copy has suffered no loss, that copies were originally made up both with and without this leaf. As with the Wolff copy, p.327 in volume one is here misnumbered ‘227’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[STEWART (George)]. Shetland Fireside tales; Or, The Hermit of Trosswickness. By G.S.L. Edinburgh: The Edinburgh Publishing Company. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., 1877. Pott 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.iv+239+[i (blank)]; brown patterned-sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight rubbing to gilt and wrinkling to cloth at extreme lower edge of front cover; two gatherings slightly proud, but not loose (apparently an original binding fault); faint contemporary ownership inscription on front end-paper (v. note); otherwise a nice copy. Very scarce.

GB £180.00

US $223.20


A linked series of short stories and anecdotes, set in the 1740s, mostly fantasy or wierd, arising out of the superstitious beliefs and customs of the Shetlanders as known to the author in his youth, together with a few (including the linking story) that are criminous. “It is characteristic of a primitaive people that they cling fondly to old manners and customs, and so a century may pass over them and leave little or no change in their ideas or modes of life. This fact has enabled the author to place the time of his story about the middle of the last century, and yet draw many of its incidents from the experiences of his own boyhood. Old people then living could carry their recollection back to the middle of the previous century; and thus by his own observation, together with the testimony of others, he has had the means of comparing the manners and the customs of the Shetland peasantry for a period of more than 120 years.” — Author’s note pp.[225]-6. Written in a mixture of English (for the linking story and the longest of the wierd ones), Shetland dialect, and, in places, very comprehensible Dutch. The dialect portions are so well done that they form no obstacle to readability, and give, moreover, the very lilt and rhythm of the speech of a people for whom supernatural agencies were as real a part of everyday life as sheep and boats. (I say this as one who usually finds dialect unreadable!) The ownership inscription reads: “G. Gilfillan / Dundee / 1878", and may possibly be that of George Gilfillan (1813 — 1878), the essayist, divine, spasmodic poet, friend of de Quincey, Carlyle, etc., who was a minister there, but is best remembered to-day through the works of his protégé, William McGonagall. The book was reprinted at Lerwick in 1879 (possibly as a paperback: it was issued at 1s. 6d. as against the 2s. of the original), 1892, 1923, [1924], and 2012. All editions except the latest are now scarce. Of this first edition COPAC records copies at the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, Trinity College Dublin, The National Library of Scotland, and Edinburgh only; not in Bleiler, Locke’s ‘Spectrum’, etc.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

STOCKTON (Frank R.). Stockton’s stories, Second series: The Christmas wreck And other stories. New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1886. Sm.cr.8vo; binder’s blank at front and back; advertisement leaf (blank on recto) precedes half-title; blank at end; pp.[2]+[iv]+242+[viii]+[2]; bright leaf green buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered, blocked with two asterisks, and with short rule, gilt, on spine; t.e.g.; wove end-papers. Unobtrusive restoration to cloth at extreme head of spine; light foxing of end-papers; one or two small corners creased; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The binder’s blanks each have a conjugate leaf pasted beneath the paste-down. Blanck, 18885: the first state of text, with ‘Stockton’s stories, Second series’ at head of title-page; and the first binding, with ‘Stockton’s stories / The Christmas wreck’ on the front cover and ‘Stockton’s Stories / **’ at head of spine, the words ‘The Christmas Wreck And other stories’ appearing at the mid-point. Later issues omit the words ‘Stockton’s Stories’ and the series indica from both the title-page and spine. The initial advertisement leaf in the present copy consists of an advert for ‘Stockton’s stories. First Series. ("The Lady or the Tiger", etc), which was also presumably later omitted. Copies are also known with laid-paper end-papers. In this copy the word ‘Hyke’ on the Contents leaf is followed erroneously by a comma: state or issue significance undetermined. Nine stories: The Christmas Wreck; A Story of Assisted Fate; An Unhistoric Page; A Tale of Negative Gravity; The Cloverfields Carriage; The remarkable Wreck of the “Thomas Hyke"; My Bull-Calf; The discourager of Hesitancy; A Borrowed Month. This title not in Locke’s ‘Spectrum’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

STOCKTON (Frank R.). The Rudder Graingers Abroad And other stories. Sampson Low, Marston & Company, Limited, St Dunstan’s House, Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, E.C., 1892. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+195+[i (blank)]; olive green buckram blocked with publisher’s monogram in blind on back cover, blocked pictorially marina blue, pale green, orange, and black, lettered gilt, black, and black-shadowed gilt on front cover, blocked pictorially black, pale green, and marina blue, lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers coated cream. Nice copy. Scarce.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


First English edition of a book published in America in 1891 (Wright, III, 5250). Blanck, 18904 refers. Printed in England, possibly from the American plates. Short stories, including at least one science fiction (involving the transportation of electrical batteries at sea in an iron hulled ship, and a broken underwater telegraphic cable). This title not in Locke’s ‘Spectrum’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

STOCKTON (Frank R.). The great stone Of Sardis. A novel By Frank R. Stockton. Illustrated by Peter Newell. London and New York, Harper Brothers, 45 Albemarle Street, W., 1898. Blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and fifty-one illustrations, all on art paper; pp.[xii]+341+[i (blank)]; vertically fine-ribbed brown cloth, blocked silver and black, lettered silver-outlined-gilt, and gilt, on front cover and spine; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Fine copy (but v.note).

GB £110.00

US $136.40


The silver and black blocking on the spine is virtually amorphous and of somewhat vague import. (It looks like smoke leaking from the lettering of the title.) It is possibly an unintentional impression from the foils used for the front cover. Locke, ‘Spectrum’, p.206, not noticing the spine blocking; Blanck, 18929 refers, but does not describe the binding of the English edition; Clarke, ‘Tale of the Future’, 1961, p.42, recording the American edition: “In 1947 a scientist leads a submarine expedition to the North Pole". On the evidence of advertisements, the English edition would appear to have been published two weeks after the American edition.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SUNMAN (William R.). The mystery of Wolverston Grange. By William R. Sunman, Author of ‘Superstitions of the Churches;’ ‘Memorials of George Mills,’ Etc etc. London: Andrew Crombie, 119 Salisbury Square, Fleet Street, E.C., N.D. [1889]. Half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece and illustrated title-page after J. Stanley; conventional head-pieces to the chapters throughout; pp.256; bevelled pale grey-green cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram device black on back cover, ruled and blocked black and reddish brown, lettered black and gilt, on spine, ruled black and reddish-brown, blocked pictorially black, gilt, and reddish-brown, lettered reddish-brown-cased black, black-cased gilt, and black on front cover; a.e.g.; end-papers coated lemon. Extremities of spine a trifle rubbed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


The correct first issue, later copies being without the gilt edges. The book is also known in blue or in brown cloth. Hubin, p.396, but not in fact criminous. The ‘mystery’ is the whereabouts of a long-lost family treasure. Wolverston Grange is a very old and very rambling farmhouse haunted by two ghosts that play little part in the plot, a nun and a clergyman — both as it turns out former members of the family that owns the Grange. The nun is laid by the discovery of her perfectly preserved body sealed in a sarcophagus buried in unhallowed ground, the clergyman by the discovery of the treasure. Very readable, but with a strong (nonconformist) religious tendency.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

THOMAS (Chauncey). The crystal button. Or, adventures of Paul Prognosis In the forty-ninth century. By Chauncey Thomas. Edited by George Houghton. Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, The Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1891. Globe 8vo; half-title not called for; blank before title-page, final blank; pp.[ii]+xiv+302+[ii]; 36pp. text-paper advertisements at end; pale green buckram blocked very dark brown, greenish-white, and silver, lettered very dark brown, on front cover, lettered very dark brown on spine. Slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine; lightly rubbed area at tail of spine, with loss of most of MIFFLIN in imprint; very slight cracking of end-papers; a far nicer copy than usual, nonetheless, of a book that does not tend to wear well.

GB £60.00

US $74.40


A utopian novel set in Boston in the far future, written in the 1870s by a boston carriage-maker, but rejected for publication in 1880 as having too slight a story, and published here in a revised form after the success of Bellamy’s ‘Looking Backward’, which first appeared in 1888. “Among the more readable ideal societies” — Bleiler, Science Fiction: The Early Years, 2167; Anatomy of Wonder, II, 1132; Clarke, Tale of the Future, p.17; Lewis, Utopian Literature, p.188; Locke, Spectrum, p.212; Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography, 1096; Reginald, 14058; Bleiler, 1978, p.192; Bleiler, 1948, p.265; Wright, III, 5430.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[WILLIS (N.P.).]. Inklings of adventure By the Author of “Pencillings by the Way.” In three volumes. Saunders and Otley, 1836. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; fly-title precedes each story and first page of text in each volume; Contents leaf follows Introductory Chapter in volume one, title-leaf in volumes two and three; pp.[xii]+302; [iv]+[312]; [iv]+320; contemporary black half roan, marbled boards. Spine torn in volume one; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


Blanck, 22743: precedes the American edition by about fourteen weeks. Block, p.118, not identifying the author, and listing the collection only from two bookseller’s entries. The English edition appears to be scarcer by far than the American one, which was several times reprinted (v. Wright, 2736, et seq.). Short stories and sketches, including some with supernatural content. Not in Locke.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[WILLIS (N.P.).]. Inklings of adventure By the Author of “Pencillings by the Way.” In three volumes. Saunders and Otley, 1836. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; fly-title precedes each story and first page of text in each volume; Contents leaf follows Introductory Chapter in volume one, title-leaf in volumes two and three; pp.[xii]+302; [iv]+[312]; [iv]+320; contemporary black half roan, marbled boards. Spine torn in volume one; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


Blanck, 22743: precedes the American edition by about fourteen weeks. Block, p.118, not identifying the author, and listing the collection only from two bookseller’s entries. The English edition appears to be scarcer by far than the American one, which was several times reprinted (v. Wright, 2736, et seq.). Short stories and sketches, including some with supernatural content. Not in Locke.
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