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BUCHAN, John.

The Watcher by the Threshold.

And other tales.

Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1902 Stock Code: 139726
£975.00
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First edition, first impression, first issue, with the publisher's catalogue dated 2/02; publishers' presentation copy, with their compliments stamp to the head of the title page. This early collection of Buchan's stories, the majority of which were first published in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, is hard to find in collectible condition. The supernatural and horror stories draw on a variety of Scottish folklore and demonstrate "his understanding of the interplay between paganism and Christianity, and his remarkable capacity for depicting a landscape" (ODNB).

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Description

Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and front cover in white, illustration to front cover in black and orange within orange frame, fore and bottom edges untrimmed.

Illustrations

Publisher's 32pp. catalogue at end.

Condition

Ownership inscription of Joyce I. Menzies to front free endpaper. Spine toned and gently cocked, slight rubbing to board edges, touch of wear to extremities, a couple of marks to cloth with minor rippling to foot of rear board, toning to endpapers, occasional faint foxing to contents; else a very good copy in uncommonly bright condition.

Bibliography

Blanchard A13; Bleiler, Supernatural Fiction 291.

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