Item #312442 THE RIDDLE And Other Stories. Walter DE LA MARE.

THE RIDDLE And Other Stories.

London: Selwyn & Blount Limited, [1923]. First Edition, First Impression. Hardcover. Octavo, publisher's original blue cloth titled in gilt on spine panel. 303 pp + [2] pp ads at rear. A flyer for PEOPLE OF DESTINY by Sir Philip Gibbs and a postcard from the publisher enabling customers to be informed of New Publications are loosely laid in. Light browning to endpapers, slight spine lean, a very good copy in like dust jacket, a bit rubbed, frayed at spine head and with some tape reinforcement to the lower inner folds on the reverse. Very Good in Dust Jacket. Item #312442

¶ The author's first short story collection, Fifteen excellent short stories, including one of de la Mare's best known supernatural tales, 'Seaton's Aunt' - "It may be read as a portrait of a malicious old woman and her somewhat unsympathetic nephew, who happens to die just before his marriage, or it may be read as a fringe narrative of an evil old spiritual vampire, who communes with the dead and murders her nephew and keeps his ghost in bondage." -Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction (1983). 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].

Price: $125.00