Cream cloth, lettering to spine and front cover in gilt which is faded to spine, floral artwork to front cover in black, cloth to spine panel a little darkened and very lightly rubbed along edges, general soiling and marks to covers, lower corners a little bumped, endpapers slightly tanned & foxed, light scattered foxing to text but generally clean throughout, generally a Very good copy of a very rare book. There is a circulating library label affixed to front paste-down, “Balfour Club Lending Library” which was a tiny circulating library of the day.
Pemberton (Clive) The Weird o’ it.
First edition (one of c. 300 copies only).
London. Henry J.Drane, 1906
Contains ten weird and supernatural short stories which includes, The Spider, The Pool, The Will of Luke Carlowe, The Wedding Guest, The Soul of Nina Ventrix, The Bulb, Purple Eyes, A Hundred Year’s Dead, A Dead Man’s Bargain and The Compact. The Weird O’ It is considered to be of legendary rarity in the supernatural genre. Henry J. Drane produced books in very small print run editions and it is likely that there would have only been around 300 copies of this book originally. It has been suggested that there are three variants of the book known. Copies exist in red, pale green and cream cloth although priority is not known. In 2000, Midnight House of Seattle republished a hardcover edition of “The Weird o’ It,” limited to 460 copies.