MY ONLY MURDER by Ernest Favenc
First edition, first printing published in 1899 by George Robertson, Australia/London
Description: Good: 243pp, Exceptionally rare yellowback edition, the corners/board edges are bumped and scuffed, the panels are well worn with stains to the lower panel. The hinge lengths have worn through to the webbing as is common amongst these cheaply produced volumes. The spine is also scuffed and rubbed.
Foxing and handling marks throughout, the pages have uniformly toned, tear to p159 secured with archival tape, the binding is however holding very tightly indeed.
Ernest Favenc is arguably Australia's finest author of Supernatural Fiction and much neglected. This collection of short stories is predominantly supernatural and weird, set in the remote outback/ bush of which Favenc had first hand experience as an explorer. Where his contemporaries were happy to mimic the style of the English Ghost Story, Favenc became increasingly steeped in colonial life and the Gothic possibilities of the Australian Landscape, with hazy campfire tales of bush folklore and legend permeating his works. If alike any author in the English tradition it is without doubt M R JAMES, in that the ancient landscape where these tales take place can be disturbed and awoken at any time, unleashing powerful supernatural forces. His Ghost Stories were collected in a brilliant new anthology in 2012 by James Doig. This is without a doubt one of those titles that I very likely will not see again, incredibly scarce.