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After Dark
Smith Elder and Co., London 1860 - 8vo. 392pp. Bound in publisher's orange oilcloth over limp card boards. Entitled "A New Edition" this is part of the "Cheap editions of Standard Works" put out by Smith Elder in uniform orange covers titled in black and generally strewn with adverts for other Smith Elder publications. Horribly fugitive, finding a copy of any of them with an unfaded spine or crisp shiny cloth is a virtual miracle. This copy is no exception. Although holding its shape and form with admirable tenacity, the spine has faded to some flavour of ochre and the foredges of the boards have suffered a similar fate; bad book design decisions aside (these were hardly constructed to survive a century and a half to begin with, priced as they were at a shiny half crown) this is a very pleasing copy of a collection of Collins' very best weird and supernatural tales; including the achingly good and beautifully titled "A Terribly Strange Bed." in which a bed develops murderous smothering tendencies. Collins needs no introduction, but occasionally a reminder that he wrote great fiction beyond The Moonstone and The Woman in White is called for. Internally clean, with a W.H. Smith's blindstamp to the upper right corner of the front flyleaf that has caused a small hole at one edge. An attractive copy. ecat2 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Jonathan Kearns Rare Books & Curiosities]
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