London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
JACOBS, W.W. The Lady of the Barge. London and New York: Harper and Brothers, 1902. 8°, 12 plates by Maurice Griefenhagen (some spotting, first two leaves of the first story torn at upper corners). Original pictorial orange cloth (extremities lightly rubbed, a few flecks of white on spine). Provenance: W.W. Jacobs (signed and dated 'Oct 1902' on blank recto of first leaf; bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S COPY. The Lady of the Barge contained three master-tales of horror, 'The Monkey's Paw', 'The Well', and 'In the Library'. 'The Monkey's Paw', frequently anthologized and also dramatized by L. N. Parker, is described in ODNB as Jacobs' 'most enduring piece of writing'.
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