Drury (Captain W.P.) The Petrified Eye


and other Naval Stories. As originally Told to the Marines by one of themselves.
Portsmouth, Charpentier, 1896.

True first edition. 8vo. Original purple cloth stamped in gilt.

A rare collection of nautical tales, many of a weird and supernatural bent. The collection is referenced in Bleiler’s Guide to Supernatural Fiction, the main entry given to the 1899 Simpkin, Marshall edition, but noting ‘There is an earlier edition of this book (Charpentier; Portsmouth, England 1896), which has not been seen.’

William Price Drury (1861-1949) was himself in the Royal Marines, as was the previous owner of this copy, General Sir Lewis Stratford Tollemache Halliday.

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