"CAN SUCH THINGS BE?" OR THE WEIRD OF THE BERESFORDS. A STUDY IN OCCULT WILL-POWER..
Price: 1,000.00 USD
London: George Routledge and Sons, 1890 [i.e. 1889]. Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6  8 [8a-8b]  10-250, original bevel-edged red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in and gold and blind, rear panel ruled in blind, t.e.g. First edition. Issued simultaneously by Routledge in cloth and in "yellowback" format (see Topp, p. 401). "Sensational weird thriller of murder, mayhem and madness embellished with numerous supernatural elements, including a family curse, ghostly visitations, a spectral violin with music, etc. Horror piled upon horror, as was the convention of the time, but entertaining as an example of the 'raw head and bloody bones' side of Victorian weird fiction, lurid and unsophisticated." - Robert Knowlton. Bleiler (1978), p. 74. Reginald 05477. Wolff 2264 (recording the yellowback issue). Some minor fraying to cloth at head and tail of spine panel, hairline cracks to inner hinges, endpapers (composed of cheap wood pulp paper) lightly age-darkened, else beautiful, tight, bright copy. Very scarce. (#148007)