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Sauk City: Arkham House, 1948. Octavo, pp. [1-6] [1-3] 4-235 [236: blank] [237: colophon] [238: blank], illustration by Frank Utpatel, cloth. First edition. Signed inscription by Hartley on the front free end paper: "With the best wishes of the / the writer,/ Leslie Hartley." The author's first collection issued in the U. S., chosen from two U. K. titles and some unpublished manuscripts. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-80. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-113.
Sauk City: Arkham House, 1948. Octavo, pp. [1-6] [1-3] 4-235 [236: blank] [237: colophon] [238: blank], cloth. First edition. 2047 copies printed. Hartley scattered supernatural material throughout his short story collections, as well as the mainstream novels, such as THE GO-BETWEEN, for which he is better known. The present volume concentrates most of this material in one collection. The author worked mainly as a critic and reviewer, writing fiction on the side and bringing to it a sensibility that fused "a Hobbesian view of human nature [and] a childlike rapture ..." (Sullivan, The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 193) Such a fusing of horror and humor shows up in many masters of the fantastic, such as Dickens, Bierce, M. R. James and W. W. Jacobs. "Stylistically, Hartley is peerless, bringing to his genre fiction the same elegant precision that characterizes his major novels. The ghost story, he once wrote, is 'if not the highest, certainly the most exacting form of literary art.' No one was more exacting in the genre than Hartley himself." - ibid, p. 192. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-80. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-113.
[North Yorkshire]: Tartarus Press, . Octavo, boards. First edition, first printing. Limited to 350 copies. Collects thrity seven of the author's best tales. Introduction by Mark Valentine.
London & New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, . Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-220 [221: blank] [222: publisher’s device] [223-224: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First edition. A presentation copy with contemporary signed inscription by Hartley on front free end paper: "Alfred / from / Leslie / with my love / June 1924." Hartley's scarce first book collecting seventeen stories, including several later reprinted in The Travelling Grave (1948). "Hartley is the master of the double entendre and sinister talk at cross purposes." – Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction, p. 228. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-80.