London: Eveleigh Nash, 1907.
First edition. 350, [2, blank] pp., plus 34,  pp. of publisher's advertisements at end. 1 vols. 8vo. Inscribed to Close Friends, with Annotations. Original black cloth, upper cover blocked in blind and red, spine titled in gilt. Inner hinges with conservation reinforcement. Some rubbing, very good Bleiler, Supernatural Fiction 176; Ashley, Starlight Man, pp. 141, 176-7, 223, etc. Item #332627
Blackwood's second collection of supernatural fiction, containing “The Willows”, esteemed by H. P. Lovecraft and called by Bleiler “one of the classics of supernatural fiction and the finest single short story”.
This copy is an outstanding presentation to “Buzz and Etta with love from the mad author”, to his cousin Arthur Hobart-Hampden and wife Henrietta, née Fetherstonhaugh (pronounce Fanshawe), among Blackwood’s most intimate friends. Henrietta and their four chldren would later form the models for the family in Blackwood’s novels A Prisoner in Fairyland and The Starlight Express (see Mike Ashley, Starlight Man). Henrietta died in 1916, and her son Vere, born 1901, who emigrated to Australia at age 18, became the 9th earl of Buckinghamshire; Arthur married Blackwood’s sister Cecilia in 1920.
This copy also bears annotations in the author’s hand, including corrections to the text of “The Willows”, and pencil annotations at the head of several stories, including, notably “The Willows”: “Wilson & I on the Danube”. For “The Listener”, Balckwoodd has written “This was at Langham Chambers in 1899”; “Max Hensig” is marked “This was the Berlin Doctor”; “The Old Man of Visions” bears the note “A. H. Louis”, a reference Alfred H. Louis, one of Blackwood’s friends and the dedicatee of Episodes before Thirty.
An outstanding association copy of a major work in the literature of the fantastic.
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