London: Isbister & Company, 15 & 16 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden. 1904. First Edition, First Impression. Octavo, original blue pictorial cloth designed in white, black, gray and yellow, front panel titled in white, spine panel ruled and lettered in gilt. Top edges trimmed, others uncut. Title page printed in black & red. 307 pp. AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed to his friend and fellow author Edmund Gosse on the front free endpaper: "Edmund Gosse / from his friend, the / author / Nov 12th 1904". Later bookplate of William Henry Escott on front paste-down. A virtually fine copy, the coloured pictorial front panel unrubbed. An excellent association copy. Item #311919
¶ A much sought-after collection of highly regarded short stories with two supernatural tales, 'The Slype House' and 'The Waving of the Sword'. Sir Edmund William Gosse CB (1849-1928) was an English poet, author and critic; a friend of Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Robert Louis Stevenson and others, he was also an early champion of the Irish authors WB Yeats and James Joyce. A major literary association.