First edition thus, undated published by Burns, Oates and Washbourne c1919, (First published in 1909)
Book: Vg+, 316pp. Original royal blue cloth with gilt stamped titles, blind-stamped borders. The corners are square and sharp, the cloth is vibrant and fresh thanks to the jacket being present, the gilt titles shining bright. Light wear to spine tips and the gilt titles to the spine have dulled. Browned endpapers, pages are uniformly toned, tightly bound and clean.
Jacket: Vg, chipping to the spine tips and hinge corners, rubbing to extremeties. light age soiling to the whiter areas, small nick to the spine. Unclipped , priced at 2'6 net. Superb pictorial jacket depicting a scene in the novel, where the widowed protagonist being comforted by a priest in an ethereal graveyard. Very scarce edition in the jacket.
*A young man's fiancée dies and in his anguish he starts to question his faith. Thereupon he has an encounter with a very powerful and potent medium who believes that he too has mediumistic power. He can perform automatic writing, induce trance states and he is subject to control. He decides to go deeper into various occult practices in an attempt to contact his dead fiancée shunning his Roman Catholicism. In a powerful supernatural scene the medium materialises the dead girl for him, but he becomes posessed by a demonic entity. Bleiler states it to be far superior to R H Benson's short fiction, I agree.