THE RETURN. Walter DE LA MARE.

THE RETURN.

London: Edward Arnold, 1910. First Edition, First Impression. Hardcover. Octavo, publisher's original dark green cloth titled in gilt on spine panel, titles in white on upper cover. 312 pp + 8 pp publisher's catalogue bound in at rear. This is the first edition, first impression, second issue binding, with the inserted publisher's catalogue at the rear. Hairline crack to inner front hinge, tiny stains on endpapers, small rubbed area on front panel, light wear to cloth at spine tips, corners slightly rolled. A clean, very good, sound copy. Very Good. Item #311225

¶ A weird supernatural story. A man is possessed by the spirit of a long-dead 18th-century pirate, a suicide. The man begins to take on the pirate's physical appearance. One of de la Mare’s finest occult tales. De la Mare "make[s] a significant contribution to the supernatural genre by exploring new areas of the relationship between the everyday world, the magical and the macabre ." - Neil Wilson, Shadows in the Attic [2000]. Note: The author revised the text in 1922, toning down the supernaturalism, and this text was the basis of reprints until the 1997 Dover reissue which utilized the text of the first edition.

Price: $150.00