First edition, second issue of "one of the most important works of supernatural horror between Edgar Allan Poe and modern horror fiction" (Bleiler, Supernatural Fiction Writers, p. 739). While a subject of some controversy, it is generally agreed that this issue, with the butterfly to the back cover and without the salamander to the front, is the second.
Chicago: F. Tennyson Neely, 1895. Original green buckram boards stamped in brown, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed; pp. [frontispiece + title page], [1-9], 10-316, [2 pages ads]. Boards show light shelfwear and rubbing with bumped corners, a few traces of soiling. Front joint cracked but binding still holding, frontispiece and title page loose, owner's contemporary signature and a closed tear to flyleaf, else internally clean. Protected in a removable archival sleeve. Rare.
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