First edition, first printing published in 1912 by William Heffer & Sons, Limited.
Book: Fine, a wonderful copy of the book, the publisher's superb, pictorial blue cloth stamped in black with white highlights features a floating apparition in a tree. Corners are sharp and square, the lightest wear to the spine tips, foxing to the endpapers with a previous owner's inscription S Reginald Price, Charing Cross Rd 1916. The pages are very tightly bound and flush.
Dust-jacket: The first edition pictorial dust-jacket re-echoes the design on the front boards and is priced 3/6 net. Printed on a thick, teal blue buff card stamped in black, some light professional restoration to the spine hinges, chipping to the spine tips and hinge corners, spine has dulled slightly. A descent example of a very scarce jacket.
*The book is dedicated to M R James, of whom E G Swain was a lifelong friend and colleague at Cambridge University, he was also present at James's legendary Chit-Chat club meetings along with fellow spook E F Benson. These supernatural tales follow the protagonist Mr Batchel, Rector of Stoneground parish (based on the author himself) and are of course steeped in a Jamesian world, mirroring many of the settings and tropes you'd expect. Swain's tales lack the sublime horror of James work which is still resonating and being re-interpreted and re-invented to this day, but they are still quietly celebrated amongst genre fans for thier subtlety of style and of a course the much loved Batchel.