London: Hutchinson and Co., Paternoster Row. n.d. . First Edition. Octavo, original blue cloth, front panel lettered in black and with a double-border in blind, spine panel lettered and ruled in black. [i-ii] iii [iv-vi]; 7-288 pp. + 40-page publisher's catalogue "for the Autumn, 1923" inserted at rear. Inscribed Presentation Copy from author Robert James Lees: "Mrs Morgan Payler, with all good wishes for the day, from her most sincere friend, Robt. Jas. Lees / Nov. 16 / 23". The illustration from the front panel of the dust jacket has been sectioned and mounted to the rear paste-down endpaper. A few small marks to the cloth; a very good, tight copy. Item #312019
¶ Collects twelve stories of supernatural fiction including "The Horror Horn" and the vampire story "Mrs. Amworth." Robert James Lees, the author of THROUGH THE MISTS, THE CAR OF PHOEBUS and other occult novels, was a well-known British clairvoyant who - while in a trance - led the police to the residence of the physician who supposedly committed the Jack-the-Ripper murders. His inscription here is to the wife of the Rev. Morgan Payler, dated in the year of publication. The Rev. Frederic Trafford Morgan Payler was an Anglican priest and a long-time acquantance of Lees, indeed it was Lees who gave the memorial address for Morgan Payler's mother in 1895, in which he talked of her assured safety in a spiritual life after death (see LIGHT: A Journal of Psychical, Occult and Mystical research, Vol XV, p. 108, March 2, 1895).