First edition, first printing published in 1912 by Mills and Boon.
Condition: Good; 338pp + 6 pp publisher's catalogue to the rear. Original black cloth with elegant titles stamped in red to the upper board and spine, publisher's device stamp to the bottom right of the upper board. Corners are bumped with some splitting to the cloth at the block edges, spine tips are scuffed/frayed with some chipping to the cloth and small nicks along hinge lengths, and to spine which has dulled. Binding has rolled slightly due to weakened hinges over the years. Previous owner's inscription to ffep. Some foxing to the prelim's otherwise tightly bound and reasonably clean, a few grubby marks to the text block.
A personal favourite, 'The Room in the Tower' is a collection of 17 'Spook Stories' which include the hypnotic fatalism of the title story, a terrifying, dreamlike Vampiric Tale which I think one of the finest ever written, Lovecraft's favourite 'The Man who went too Far' a nightmare tale of Pan's savage revenge, and the visceral and unforgettable 'Caterpillars', other highlights are intact classics of the genre, 'The Bus Conductor', 'Terror by Night', 'The Thing in the Hall' and 'Outside the Door'. For a full contents list see photographs, a seminal collection to rival anything by M R James.


The Room in the Tower by E F Benson