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LAWRENCE, Margery.

Nights of the Round Table.

A book of strange tales.

London: Hutchinson & Co., [1926] Stock Code: 139274
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"Exceedingly difficult to find"

First edition, first impression, of Lawrence's first collection of horror stories. The collection was reviewed at the time as "a remarkable compendium, exhibiting considerable sensitivity to the methods and concerns which were to remain central to the tradition of the English supernatural short story long after 1926" (Orlando). Margery Lawrence (1889-1969) was a prolific author and self-proclaimed Bohemian whose interest and adventures in Spiritualism influenced almost all of her output which included short stories, poetry, and detective, fantasy, and romance novels. Her first work, Songs of Childhood, and Other Verses, was published by her father in 1913. The majority of Lawrence's works are now rare; Bleiler was only able to locate her 1945 occult-detective novel Number Seven Queer Street for his noted bibliography The Guide to Supernatural Fiction (Bleiler). Critic Brian Stableford, writing in the St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers reiterates that it is "unfortunate that so many of her works are exceedingly difficult to find", her earlier works, such as this, being the most elusive. Only seven copies of this edition have been traced institutionally worldwide.

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Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and front cover in black.


Spine gently cocked and a little toned, minor rubbing to extremities, book block very slightly shaken, small loss to foot of pp. 75-6 and 245-8 through production error, pale foxing to endpapers; else a very good, bright, copy.


Bleiler, Supernatural Fiction, p. 300.


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