First single volume edition issued as a Picadilly Novel, dated to catalogue at the rear 1879, published by Chatto and Windus, London. 

With 6 illustrations (as issued in the 2 volume first printing), followed by the yellowback [a new edition} 1880 (271 Dr Chester Topp, Victorian Yellowbacks, Vol III Chatto & Windus 1849-1905.)

Condition: Vg, 341pp + 40 page catalogue, dated Feb 1879. Publisher's original green cloth with black tooled designs and titles, gilt stamped to the spine. Scuffing, light chipping to spine tips, light wear/rubbing along the hinge lengths. Cloth is deep in colour,  some fading to gilt stamping on spine. Pages are tightly bound and clean, tissue guard and all illustrations are present. 

 

* An uncommon edition. Ghost story and detective novel. When Lord Montbarry dies in suspicious circumstances, the Venetian Palace in which he lived is opened as a hotel. "Members of his family, his former fiancée and the countess are disturbed in varying degree by foul smells, revenants, and finally the appearance of a severed head (Bleiler 411, Guide to Supernatural Fiction)". After being driven to her wits end by the haunting, the Countess confesses that she murdered her husband, in a manner uniquely ingenious according to Bleiler, who goes to to praise the novel for it's development, and complexity with an emphasis on the psychology of the murderous Countess, but describes the Supernatural scenes as pedestrian, never a man to mince his words. Listed in all Supernatural bibliographies.

The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins

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