London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1871. First edition. Hardcover. First edition. Three volumes. 12mo. Original sand-grain violet cloth, gilt titles. Line engraved title pages. Sheridan Le Fanu was unquestionably the Victorian master of ghost and supernatural stories. This collection of tales came to LeFanu at the inn in Golden Friars, Northumberland. The tales are: 'A Strange Adventure in the Life of Miss Laura Mildmay'; 'The Haunted Baronet'; and 'The Bird of Passage'. Spines and parts of the boards sunned, inner hinges of volume 3 neatly repaired, occasional light soil and staining. First editions of Le Fanu are excessively rare. See Wolff, 4009, who says this is 'a book I have seen only once' but didn't own. He was referring to Sadlier's copy. Sadlier, 1372. Wolff, 4009. Housed in a quarter leather clamshell case with boards of victorian cloth similar to that used on the books.
SAdlier notes that a reprint was issued in 1896 by Downey & Company in a binding of blue ribbed cloth blocked in blind and gold, and with illustrations. Very good. Item #16158