A College Mystery: The Story of the Apparition in the Fellows' Garden at Christ's College, Cambridge by A P Baker.
With five drawings of Christ's College, Cambridge by F H Round
First edition, first printing published in 1918 by W Heffer and Sons Ltd, Cambridge.
Slender volume, 76pp, with publisher's original blue cloth the gilt stamped crest and titles to the upper board and spine, very light wear to the corners and spine tips, the gilt stamping has dulled a touch, mainly to the spine titles, boards are clean and looking well. The pages are tightly bound and very clean, some light toning. The illustrations by F H Round are wonderfully atmospheric, depicting shadowy figures around the grounds of Cambridge University. One inparticular evokes the seminal ghost story 'The Mezzotint' by his friend and colleague M R James, who is thanked by the author in the preface of the book for having read over the manuscript. This copy is inscribed by the author to a H H Thomas of Millington Rd, Cambridge. The superb 1918, pictorial dustjacket is exceptionally rare and depicts a body floating dead in the lake outside Christ's College, a loaded syringe to the spine. The upper panel carries the blurb 'A GHOST STORY. Reader's of this astonishing account of a tragedy and it's results, are agreed that Mr Baker's narrative forms one of the most convincing Ghost Stories ever written'. Priced at 3/-, minor nicks to the hinge corners and a little wear otherwise this is a wonderful copy of a jacket seldom seen by genre collectors. A collection of ghost stories which are apparently fictionalised accounts of true stories of spectral visitations to the college. I can't imagine any books which more wholly evoke M R James's world, you can almost smell the polished oak panelling.