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    Stanbury Thompson. Ghost Stories [1st Series]. Ilfracombe: Arthur H. Stockwell, 1948. Third edition, enlarged. Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-111 [112: printer's imprint], three illustrations by R. James Williams, original yellow cloth, spine panel stamped in black. A nearly fine copy in very pictorial dust jacket with light wear and shallow loss at spine ends and corner tips and clipped price. [and:] Ghost Stories [2nd Series]. Stapleford, Notts.: Thompson & Co., 1957. First edition. Octavo, six illustrations by R. James Williams, original blue cloth, spine stamped in black. Some patchy spotting to cloth, mainly spine panel, a very good copy in very good pictorial dust jacket with a couple of internal tape mends.

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    Ghost Stories [1st Series]. 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. A second, enlarged edition (21 stories, 78 pages) appeared in 1943. This third edition collects thirty very short, purportedly true 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, originally a London vanity publisher, went to Ilfracombe, North Devon, during World War II and stayed there afterwards. Bleiler (1978), p. 122 (citing a 1944 edition). Tuck (1978), p. 419.

    Ghost Stories [2nd Series]. After publishing several successively enlarged editions of his first collection of stories through Stockwell (the vanity publisher), the author published these seventeen new stories himself as a separate book, adding "2nd Series" to the title. Thompson later put out an omnibus edition of his ghost stories in the 1960s, which is a common book, but these early editions are quite uncommon. 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.



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