Title: The Evil Guest.
Publisher: London: Downey & Co., n.d. 
Publication Date: 1895
Edition: 1st Edition
First edition. Illustrated by the author's son Brinsley Le Fanu. "Brinsley Le Fanu's quaint old-world illustrations harmonise perfectly with the tone of the book". 29 out of 30 illustrations - illustrated title page, 4 b/w plates and other smaller illustrations throughout text. Frontispiece is missing. (2) 238 pp + 7 pp ads dated 1895. The Evil Guest is an expanded version of the fourth story in Le Fanu's collection 'Ghost Stories and Tales of Mystery' (1851) and is perhaps the most gory of his stories. "The Irish author J. Sheridan Le Fanu occupies a central position in the formative years of mystery and horror fiction. Le Fanu stands absolutely in the first rank as a writer of ghost stories. Nobody sets the scene better than he, nobody touches in the effective detail more deftly". Hinges cracked - binding loosening internally. Black eps. Internally very clean. Beautifully bound in original dark green pictorial cloth boards with elaborate gilt lettering and decoration on front board and spine. Boards VG. Top edge gilt. Top and bottom of spine and corners rubbed. Overall condition VG-. Bookseller Inventory # 3019
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