HORROR OF ABBOT'S GRANGE, by Frederick Cowles - 1936 [1st Ed]
The Horror of Abbot's Grange
by Frederick Cowles
London: Frederick Muller Ltd., 1936.
Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD++ condition, with a Fine FACSIMILIE DJ.
- Binding is secure.
- Grey linen covers have some dust and smudges, with some perimeter toning.
- Corners are gently bumped, with rubbed head front corner.
- Spine is notably sunned, with some scuffing and soft spine ends. Green ink remains clear.
- Binding is secure, despite the occasional gutter gap.
- Ex Libris, with owner's bookplate on front pastedown.
- Pastedowns are toned with some foxing.
- Interior is free of writing and intentional marks.
- Inside pages are tanned, with darker margins, scattered foxing and a rare smudge, mostly marginal.
- Front pastedown has owner's library plate.
- DJ is a new and pristine, a custom-made facsimile printing that is wrapped with Mylar and backed with archival paper.
255 pages. 5.25 x 7.5 inches.
This book is Cowles first collection of twenty ghost stories. The rest of his ghost stories are collected in the later volumes: The Night Wind Howls and Fear Walks The Night. Cowles' supernatural fiction is similar, and compares favorably, to that of M.R. James.
Stories include: The Horror of Abbot's Grange, The House on the Marsh, Room for One, The New Inn, Terrible Mrs. Greene, The Mandarin's Chair, The Haunted Church, The Castle in the Forest, The Bell, One Side Only, Guardians of the Dead, The Unfinished Tower, The Headless Leper, The Pink Columbine, Passenger from Crewe, The Ring, Eyes for the Blind, Treasure Trove, The Limping Ghost, and The Thing from the Sea.
DJ is a professionally produced custom facsimile reproduction of the original.
EDITION POINTS: First Edition
Frederick Ignatius Cowles (1900-1948) was one of the early writers of horror genre. His popularity and published works grew posthumously, as the horror genre garnered more attention. It was republished in some Hugh Lamb anthologies, then later by Ghost Story Press and Ash-Tree Press. Writing was something Cowles did in his spare time, and included 61 published ghost stories, in addition to his writing on topography, history, folklore and children's books.
PROVENANCE: Bookplate name is for Alain de Suzannet, with a family crest that traces back to the French noble house. It seems likely to be connected to the prominent bibliophile Comte of the same name (1882-1950), whose letters are in the National Archive, and who was known for his extensive Charles Dickens collection.
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