First edition, first printing published in 1935 by Blackie & Son Ltd. 202pp, publisher's original sand coloured cloth with black titles to the upper board and spine. Corners are lightly rubbed and the spine tips pushed, age soiling to the cloth, spine has darkened ever so slightly, black titles are bold to the upper board and the spine, text block foxed. Some scuffing to the fpd where it looks like a label has been removed (possibly the other half of the dustjacket?, as the front panel of the jacket has been adhered to the facing page (ffep). Pages are tightly bound and clean, very light foxing only to the ht and to corresponding page edges where the block is foxed. The front panel of the dust jacket is wonderfully atmospheric, picturing poltergiest-like activity, a gentleman stands beside a huge roaring fire, pots and chairs fly around, and an air of evil permeates the room. A scarce supernatural title. 

 

* Witchcraft and Satanism in an English Country Village. 'Why was Lady Kytler so anxious to buy the estate of High Grange? Why did her butler attempt to commit murder? Why did a person wear a charm against the powers of evil? Why did the village seem as though it was under a curse? What was the clearing in the wood used for? An atmosperic story of Satanism in Modern England

The Clearing by L C Douthwaite

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