A Mirror of Shalott: Composed of tales told at a Symposium by Robert Hugh Benson. 

First edition thus, published in 1928 by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd (First printing published by Pitman, London 1907) 251pp, publisher's original blue cloth with gilt stamped titles to the upper board and the spine. Corners are lightly rubbed and there is some light pushing to the spine tips which also have light fading (corrseponding to the small losses at the spine tips of the jacket) Cloth is clean with little marking, the titles are bright. Inside the pages are unifromly toned/browned as is usual with this paper stock. Pages are clean and tightly bound. 

The original dust jacket is seldomly seen but present here. Good, loss to the spine tips and chipping to the hinge corners and along the top edge of the rear panel. Clipped, inscription to front flap. A very pale colour which has kept reasonably fresh, light age soiling but otherwise very clean. 


*A collection of fourteen supernatural stories, with outlined themes:

''Monsignor Maxwell's Tale"(Mystical substitution/possession) 

"Father Jenk's Tale"(Haunted House Story)

"Father Meuron's Tale" (Lycanthropy/Exorcism)

"Father Brent's Tale"( Phantom Ships)

"Father Bianchi's Tale" (Coming of Mithras)

"Father Stein's Tale" (The ghost of a Sister)

"Mr Bosanquet's Tale" (Returniung from the Dead)

"The father Rector's Tale"(A man taken over by an evil force)

"Father Girdlestone's Tale" (Psychic Invasion)

"Father Martin's Tale"( An evil ghost intervenes in a last rites ceremony)

"Father Macclesfield's Tale" ( A horrible old man dies, a priest sees him as a Hare)

"Mr Percival's Tale" (Ghosts in a mine)

"Father Maddox's Tale" (Psychic phenomena) 

"My Own Tale" (France, A Haunted Chamber)


Montague Summers said of A MIRROR OF SHALOTT, 'There are few better stories of this kind.' It is a series of stories recounted by a group of priests, much in the Canterbury Tales vein, each telling of his supernatural experiences." - Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction. 

A Mirror of Shalott by Robert Hugh Benson