London: Richard Bentley and Son. 1884. First Printing of the First One-Volume Edition. Octavo, original decorated dark green cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, slate coated endpapers, top edge untrimmed, other edges trimmed. 471 pp [472: ads]. Lower corner tips lightly worn, touch of rubbing to spine ends and upper corner tips, a bright, fine copy with tight inner hinges and clean exterior and interior. All early editions of this book are uncommon, the first printing of this edition is rare, especially in this condition. Item #311895
¶ A landmark collection of Victorian supernatural horror fiction, first published by Bentley in 1872 in three volumes and in this one volume edition in 1884. Collects 'Green Tea', 'The Familiar', 'Mr. Justice Harbottle', 'The Room in the Dragon Volant', and 'Carmilla', the latter being a major vampire story credited with influencing Bram Stoker's work DRACULA. "One of the keystone books in supernatural fiction"- E.F. Bleiler, THE GUIDE TO SUPERNATURAL FICTION (1983), Item 995.