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    M. R. James. Ghost-Stories of an Antiquary. London: Edward Arnold, 1904. First edition. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by the author to the front free endpaper recto in light brown ink, "G. C. R. J. / from / M. R. J. / mdcccciiii." Octavo. 270, [2, blank], 16 (publisher's catalog, dated November 1904) pages. With four illustrations, including frontispiece, after pen and ink drawings by James McBryde. Publisher's coarse beige cloth with partial yapp fore-edges, stamped in red and black to upper and lower boards and spine. Minor edgewear, spine sunned, somewhat rubbed. Cream endpapers; hinges reinforced, front hinge just starting, minor foxing. Internally generally clean and tight, top edge trimmed, other edges rough trimmed; text block lightly toned and foxed, text block edges with minor wear and soiling. Housed in custom beige linen clamshell case with gilt-stamped black leather spine label. Near fine.

    Ghost-Stories of an Antiquary embodies James' methodical, thrilling style and marks his first published collection of stories, "one of the landmark books in the history of supernatural fiction" (Bleiler) and launching his legacy as "...a consummate artist of the creepy tale..." (Barron).

    Barron, Horror, 3-108 (First Purchase Title); Bleiler, Supernatural, 911. From the Gary Munson Collection


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