NightOwl Books/Souvenir Press edition published 1981, (first published 1920). Book: Vg+ Black cloth with silver titles. Sharp corners, a solid, square copy, titles to spine lightly faded, small ink spot to the bottom edge of the block. Internally fine, very clean and tightly bound, no inscriptions, marks or creases. Wrapper: Vg, slight dulling/fading to spine titles, the lightest wear to hinge corners only, unclipped price of £6.95 with excellent jacket art by Oliver Frey.
*The terrifyingly ingenious story centres round a world-famous concert pianist, Stephen Orlac, whose hands are horribly mutilated in a train accident. An eminent surgeon grafts on a new pair of hands, but with ghastly results, for Orlac now finds himself possessed, not of musical skills, but by strange and terrible impulses. The hands that he has been given were those of a man guillotined for murder, and the spirit of the dead man has survived in his hands to live again in the unfortunate pianist. The book is made into a silent movie in 1924 starring Conrad Veidt and later filmed as 'Mad Love' with Peter Lorre as Dr Gogol.