A PLEASING TERROR, by M.R. James - 2001 [Ltd 1st Ed]


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A Pleasing Terror: The Complete Supernatural Writings

by M.R. James

illustrations by Paul Lowe

edited by Christopher Roden & Barbara Roden

LIMITED FIRST EDITION. No. 1 of 1000 Copies. Ashcroft, BC, Canada: Ash-Tree Press, 2001. 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition with VERY GOOD++ DJ.

  • ISBN: 1553100247
  • Volume features color illustrated DJ, and black cloth covers with gilt on spine.
  • Volume displays minimal overall aging and wear.
  • Covers exhibit a little dust overall, and are clean and clear.
  • Spine has gilt still bright.
  • Binding is secure and tight.
  • Fault to binding: photos show it as slightly cocked forward, and it also has a slight twist upward from the front. This can be corrected with little effort by the next owner. (See Photo)
  • Illustrations are bright and clear inside.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Text block edges show some foxing, as well as dust along head edge.
  • DJ displays minimal overall wear.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20191121

657 pages. 6.5 x 9.5 inches.

Book features color-illustrated DJ as well as black cloth covers with gilt on spine.

Volume is illustrated in B&W throughout. Features a Preface, an Introduction and Appendices with a Bibliography and notes on the author. 

M.R. James' ghost stories are considered to be the best classic supernatural tales in the genre, and his output has been called "a towering achievement that continues to dominate the genre more than a century after having been published." This volume, that compiles his such works, additionally features a letter of the author with introduction and four essays on the writer discussing his life and the source of his inspiration. This completes a compilation in eight sections of his work in the genre, including some of his own introductions and his drafts.

Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was an English author and medievalist scholar. In addition to his literary work he was also provost of King's College, Cambridge and of Eton College, and was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. Known mostly for his ghost stories, he redefined the genre by incorporating his own antiquarian interests in his tales, while moving them to more contemporary  settings, thus breaking with the Gothic tradition. He is thus known as the originator of the "antiquarian ghost story."

EDITION POINTS: Limited First Edition of this complete collection and notes.This is 1 of 1000 Copies.

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