THE STRANGE PAPERS OF DR BLAYRE. Edward Heron-Allen, "Christopher Blayre."


[London]: Philip Allan, 1932. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7 [8-10] 11-271 [272: blank], original blue-green cloth, spine panel stamped in black. First edition. New edition of THE PURPLE SAPPHIRE (1921) with four additional stories. "Collection of stories supposedly 'selected from the unofficial records of the University of Cosmopoli' by its 'sometime registrar' -- the mock introduction is dated 1952... The stories (not all supernatural) are satirical, mocking the gentility and earnestness of the academic school of supernatural writing developed by M. R. James... The ironic wit is not to everyone's taste, but these are among the best satirical weird tales." - Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-28. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, pp. 92-3. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 204. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 226. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 080. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 60. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 36. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 201. Bleiler (1978), p. 26. Reginald 07140. Page edges dusty and a little spotted, spine and upper left front color faded, some spotting and soiling to covers, a good copy. (19910). Item #19910

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