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    Ten Books of Ghost Stories, including: E. G. Swain. The Stoneground Ghost Tales: Compiled from the Recollections of the Reverend Roland Batchel, Vicar of the Parish. Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons Lts., 1912. First edition. Octavo. 187 [188, printer's imprint] pages. Publisher's blue cloth covers illustrated in black and white. The front cover and spine are lettered and ruled in black. Dark blue cover with the same illustration on the front as on the front cover. Very minor rubbing to the covers and jacket, a tiny tear to the head of the jacket spine, tiny closed tears to the edges of the jacket. Altogether a very good copy. [and:] Bennett A. Cerf. Famous Ghost Stories. Compiled and with an Introductory Note by Bennett A. Cerf. New York: The Modern Library, [1944]. Octavo. xi, 361 pages. [8, publisher's ads in the rear of the book]. Publisher's blue cloth covers with the front cover and spine lettered in gilt on red, and illustrated in gilt. Dark blue dust jacket. Illustrated endpapers in gray and cream. Very minor rubbing to the jacket, a small closed tear to the jacket spine, tiny closed tears to the edges of the jacket. Altogether a very good copy. This copy is a revised edition, and includes such works as The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, The Willows by Algernon Blackwood, The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson, and August Heat by W. F. Harvey. [and:] David C. Knight. Poltergeists: Hauntings and the Haunted. Philadelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, [1972]. First edition. Octavo soft covers. 160 pages. Several photographic illustrations throughout the text. Index. Publisher's soft illustrated covers with the spine lettered in white over black. The illustration on the cover is by Laszlo Kubinyi. Some minor curling to the edges, slightly rubbed covers, otherwise a very good copy. Knight uncovers the secrets and theories behind some of the best-known poltergeists, those ghosts which haunt people rather than places. [and:] Best Ghost Stories of M. R. James. Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, [1946]. Fifth printing December 1946. Octavo. 319 pages. Publisher's green boards with the spine lettered in yellow. Illustrated dust jacket designed by Adler & Lubalin. Small bookseller's ticket on the front pastedown endpaper. Some very minor rubbing to the covers and jacket, some small closed tears to the jacket edges, a small tear to the upper front corner of the jacket. Altogether a very good copy. James collected several tantalizing ghost tales which he selected from his four previous volumes Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, A Thin Ghost and Others, and Twelve Ghost Stories. [and:] Hereward Carrington and Nandor Fodor. Haunted People: Story fo the Poltergeist Down the Centuries. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1951. First edition. Octavo. 225 pages. Index. Publisher's gray weave covers with the publisher's device in blue on the front cover. The spine is lettered in blue. Dust jacket. Minor rubbing to the covers and jacket, some sunning to the jacket spine, tiny closed tears to the head and foot of the jacket spine and front of the jacket. Altogether a very good copy. These authors, renowned for their work in psychic investigation, explore poltergeists, explaining the phenomena as the extra vital energy which splits off from living personalities and forms a separate entity. [and:] E. H. Visiak. The Haunted Island: Being the History of an Adventure to an Island in the Remote South Sea. Off a Wizard there. Of his Pirate Gang; His Treasure; His Combustible; His Skeleton Antic Lad. Of his Wisdom; Of his Poesy; His barbarous Cruelty; His Mighty Power. Of a Volcano on the Island. And of the Ghostly Terror. Illustrated by Jack Matthews. London: Peter Lunn, 1946. First published in May 1946. Small octavo. 164 pages. Several illustrations throughout the text. Black cloth covers with the spine lettered in gilt. Illustrated dust jacket. Very minor rubbing to the covers and jacket, very minor bumping to the corners. Altogether a very good copy. English author, Edward Harold Physick, wrote under the pseudonym E. H. Visiak. This absorbing ghost story, his first published novel, focuses upon the seventeenth century tale of Francis Clayton and his brother. [and:] Francis Thompson. The Ghosts, Spirits and Spectres of Scotland. New York: Bell Publishing Company, [1973]. Octavo. 176 pages. Some illustrations throughout the text. Publisher's red cloth covers with the spine lettered in black. Illustrated dust jacket designed by Leonard Telesca. Very minor rubbing to jacket, otherwise a near fine copy. Thompson reclaims the independent nature of Scottish ghosts, as opposed to those of the general British Isles. [and:] Elliott O'Donnell. Ghosts of London. [London]: Philip Allan, MDCCCCXXXII. Octavo. 280 pages. Index. Publisher's dark blue cloth covers with the spine lettered in green. Light blue textured dust jacket with a geometric design and lettering in red and black. Previous owner's bookplate affixed to the front pastedown endpaper. Some rubbing to the covers and jacket, some discoloration to the edges and spine of the jacket, tiny tears to the head and foot of the spine. Altogether a very good copy. [and:] Elizabeth Hough Sechrist, editor. Thirteen Ghostly Yarns. Philadelphia: Macrae-Smith-Company, [1942]. Revised edition. Light green cloth covers with a small dark green illustration and the spine lettered in dark green. Top edge black. Minor rubbing to the covers and jacket, very tiny closed tears to the head and foot of the spine and one small tear to the bottom edge of the front jacket. Altogether a very good copy. Sechrist selected thirteen classic ghost stories focused towards older children, filled with suspense rather than gruesomeness. A sampling of the stories include: A Ghost Story by Mark Twain, The Bold Dragoon by Washington, The Devil in the Belfry by Edgar Allan Poe, Haunted Subalterns by Rudyard Kipling, Hamlet's Ghost by William Shakespeare, and The Gray Champion by Nathaniel Hawthorne. [and:] E. F. Bleiler, editor. Best Ghost Stories of J. S. LeFanu. Edited and with an Introduction by E. F. Bleiler. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., [1964]. Octavo soft covers. xi, 467 pages. [11, publisher's ads in the rear]. Publisher's blue soft covers, illustrated in black and white. Very minor rubbing to the covers with some of the protective clear plastic pealing off the back cover, small moisture stain to the top edge of the pages. Altogether a very good copy. Joseph Sheridan LeFanu was a master of the ghost story, reaching greater depths and dimensions if human fear than any other author of his day. Bleiler collected some of his best known and least known works into this volume.

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