THE RIDDLE And Other Stories.
Price: $45.00 USD
Place Published: London
Publisher: Selwyn & Blount Limited.
Date Published: 1923.
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Condition: Near Fine
Book Id: 310621
First edition, one of 310 large-paper copies numbered and signed by the author. Octavo, original brown cloth stamped in gold on spine and front cover. 303 pp. Bookplate on inner front cover (University of Nevada Library gift label), some mottling to the cloth (an inherent problem with this book); otherwise a fine copy. From the University of Nevada British and American Literature collection, now deaccessioned.
¶ Collection of 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 .