Titre : GHOST STORIES [1ST SERIES]
Éditeur : Arthur H. Stockwell, Ltd ., Ilfracombe
Date d'édition : 1943
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, illustrated with a line drawing by R. James Williams, duplicating his design for front panel, original pale blue paper covered boards with pictorial dark blue stamping on front panel. Second edition, enlarged. The first edition of this book was issued by Stockwell in 1942, and ran to only 39 pages, according to the British Library public catalogue. This 78-page enlarged second edition collects twenty-one very short, purportedly true stories. There is also a 1948 further enlarged 111-page edition collecting thirty stories. Many of the stories are set in the eighteenth century, a period about which the author wrote nonfiction as well. "Not as badly done as one might suppose, but lacking the skill of a professional storyteller." - Robert Knowlton. Thompson self-published a later omnibus edition of his ghost stories in the 1960s, which is a common book, but these early editions are quite uncommon. Stockwell, a London vanity publisher, was in Ilfracombe, North Devon, during World War II. Bleiler (1978), p. 122 (citing a 1944 edition). A fine copy in the very scarce unprinted dust jacket (which is in quite decent condition, with some minor edge tears and chips). (#78271). N° de réf. du libraire 78271
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