WIDDERSHINS by Oliver Onions, First Editions, first printing published in 1911 by Martin Secker, Number Five, John Street, Adelphi, London.
Good; Publisher’s Original Salmon Pink Cloth with Gilt stamped titles and designs to the upper board. Rubs/Bumps to corners and scuffing to the tips of the spine which has darkened. Cloth has general soiling and marks, the gilt stamping is still reasonably bright and fresh. The contents are tightly bound and very clean, no inscriptions. A very scarce volume, there are none around.
A landmark title in Supernatural Fiction, the most acclaimed of these short stories being ‘The Beckoning Fair One’ Bleiler goes on to say ‘A fine story, restrained, beautifully written; in the opinion of many, the best classical ghost story’. It is about a room haunted by a young girl with who the lodger becomes obsessed. Also Includes Phantas, about a dying man aboard a sinking ship who imagines and then realises the Phantom Ship which he feverishly hallucinates ‘Rooum’ a story of haunting and interpenetration, ‘Benlian’ about a miniature painter in a madhouse who creates a
hideous sculpture which he worships and which takes over him body and soul and five others all of which are first rate.
‘A landmark book in the history of Supernatural Fiction.’ -Bleiler