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The Edge of the Unknown.
John Murray, London, 1930. - First Edition. SCARCE- only 909 copies were published. 8vo, pps. (vii) +332. A fine copy in gilt titled dark blue cloth clad in a very good, clean dustwrapper with some slight chipping and trivial loss to the extremities. A very pretty copy of Doyle's collection of spiritualist essays, including not only the fabulous posthumous meanderings of Oscar Wilde ("I was the medium through which beauty filtered.") but also the original laid in publisher's four page Doyle catalogue citing the author as "a good nourisher of Englishmen." High praise indeed. A collection of weird and wonderful supernatural tales and stories of a spiritualist nature reappearing in this first book form edition, some having previously materialised in periodicals. Includes 'Notes From a Strange Mail Bag', 'The Ghost of the Moat', 'Dwellers on the Border', 'A Strange Prophet' and 'A Rift in the Veil'. When his son Kingsley died from wounds incurred in the Great War, Conan Doyle dedicated himself to spiritualistic studies; both 'The Coming of Fairies' (1922) and 'The Edge of the Unknown' (1930) are examples, but he had already showed interest in supernatural fantasy before publishing the Sherlockian stories; in his early novel, 'The Mystery of Cloomber'(1888), a retired general finds himself under assault by Indian magic. Green & Gibson; A Bibliography of Arthur Conan Doyle [B47]. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books, ABA ILAB]
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