House on the Borderland: From the Manuscript, discovered in 1877 by Messrs Tonnison and Berreggnog, in the Ruins that lie to the South of the Village of Kraighten, in the West of Ireland. Set out here, with Notes
Place Published: London
Publisher: Chapman and Hall, Ltd.
Date Published: 1908
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 40023
300pp. Octavo [19.5 cm] Red cloth with gilt stamped title and author on front board and backstrip. Good. Spine rolled, backstrip faded, covers rubbed. There is a small moisture stain on the backstrip, which obscures a bit of the title, and there is a 1/2 inch long split in the cloth at the head of the spine. The spine ends and the corners are bumped. The underlying boards are peeking through at the corners. There is a bookplate on front pastedown, cosmetic splitting to the hinges. There is a large loss from the fore edge margin of p. 79, not affecting the text. The pages are yellowed and have sporadic light foxing.
Uncommon first edition of this classic of supernatural fiction. Precedes the Arkham House (American first) by 38 years. This novel is a classic example of the 'found journal' narrative (i.e. Lovecraft's Necronomicon or Danielewski's House of Leaves). The influence of Hodgson on supernatural fiction cannot be overstated. H.P. Lovecraft wrote: "...perhaps the greatest of all Mr. Hodgson's works .... The wanderings of the Narrator's spirit through limitless light-years of cosmic space and Kalpas of eternity, and its witnessing of the solar system's final destruction, constitute something almost unique in standard literature. And everywhere there is manifest the author's power to suggest vague, ambushed horrors in natural scenery. .....a classic of the first water." Bleiler p.101. Currey, p. 243 Reginald 07284. In "333."