THE BEETLE: A MYSTERY by Richard March - 1910 Supernatural Horror Detective HB

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A 20th century supernatural horror novel featuring four plates by artist John Williamson, securely bound in illustrated cloth boards with an age-toned interior. GOOD condition. ** BUY WITH CONFIDENCE! Please see description for more details. AS IS.

The Beetle: A Mystery

by Richard Marsh

A 20th century supernatural horror novel arranged in four parts, accompanied by four plates by John Williamson. 351 pages followed by one page of press reviews. 5" by 7.5". 

Published by T. Fisher Unwin. London, UK. 1910. 

Hardback is overall in GOOD condition.

  • Illustrated black cloth covers show signs of gentle aging and wear and are overall in very good condition. 
  • Boards show some wear to lettering with light scuffs along the perimeter of the front with the rear board showing a number of light indentations and additional scuffing along the perimeter. Please see photos. 
  • Corners are scuffed with the front corners, upper and lower, showing fraying with exposed boards. 
  • Spine has pronounced creases along the length, including a small tear along the shoulder and crushed, split ends with partially darkened lettering.  
  • Binding is strong. 
  • Ex libris book features an owner's stamp on endpaper which appears again later on the flyleaf. 
  • Endpapers and feps are age-toned with foxing. 
  • Frontispiece is fully intact with a 2.75" crease across the lower left corner margin. 
  • Title page is heavily foxed as is the table of contents. 
  • Illustration plates are all present, with minimal age and wear. 
  • Interior is age-toned with scattered foxing throughout, most notably along the perimeters, with other minor signs of age and wear. 
  • The upper portions of the gutters gap in a couple places with gentle creasing in several gutters throughout. Please see photos. 
  • Book is slightly cocked with front cover overhang. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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Richard Marsh (12 October 1857 – 9 August 1915) was the pseudonym of the English author born Richard Bernard Heldmann. A best-selling and prolific author of the late 19th century and the Edwardian period, Marsh is best known now for his supernatural thriller novel The Beetle, which was published the same year as Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897), and was initially even more popular.  The Beetle remained in print until 1960. Marsh produced nearly 80 volumes of fiction and numerous short stories, in genres including horror, crime, romance and humour. Many of these have been republished recently, beginning with The Beetle in 2004. Marsh's grandson Robert Aickman was a notable writer of short "strange stories". [Wikipedia]


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Binding: Hardcover
Original/Facsimile: Original
Region: Europe
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
Subject: Literature & Fiction
Topic: Horror Mystery Detective
Publisher: T. Fisher Unwin
Year Printed: 1910
Author: Richard Marsh
Place of Publication: London UK
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