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GHOST STORIES - STEAD, William Thomas (ed.)

The Review of Reviews.

[Real Ghost stories: A Record of Authentic Apparitions. Being the Christmas Number of the Review of Reviews; More Ghost Stories: [A Sequel to "Real Ghost Stories"]; Two And Two Make Four; Blastus The King's Chamberlain; From the Old World to the New: Or, A Christmas Story of the World's Fair, 1893.]

London: Review of Reviews, [1889-96] Stock Code: 136822
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First editions of these Victorian ghost stories from the annual issue of the Review of Reviews, edited by the journalist and editor W. T. Stead (1849-1912), who developed a keen interest in spiritualism around 1890 and claimed he could communicate telepathically and practice automatic writing.

Stead was also the first editor to employ female journalists, and the originator of the 1885 "Stead Act" raising the age of consent from 13 to 16. The last issue in this collection is centred on Chicago, where Stead lived for six months around 1893, campaigning against brothels and drinking dens. That same issue also relates a story titled "From the Old World to the New", in which a vessel, the Majestic, rescues survivors of another ship that collided with an iceberg. "Stead had often predicted that he would die either by lynching or by drowning. He drowned at sea in the Titanic disaster on 15 April 1912" (ODNB).

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5 works in 1 volume, quarto (242 x 190 mm). Contemporary red morocco-backed blue cloth boards preserving the original pictorial front wrappers of each issue, titles in gilt to spine, orange endpapers.


Illustrated front wrappers, numerous in-text illustrations by various artists, and contemporary advertisements to verso of front wrappers.


Spine a little rubbed, light wear to tips, boards somewhat soiled, lacks title page of vol. 2, scattered foxing. Still, a very good copy.


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