London and New York: John Lane/The Bodley Head, 1897. From the Bart Auerbach Collection. 8vo. Original red decorated cloth, blocked in black, gilt-lettered on spine, designed by Patten Wilson (who succeeded Aubrey Beardsley as cover designer of this fashionable series in 1895). Slightly leaned, a little dulled. Item #409555
First edition of this series of "cruel tales," the 32nd volume (of 33) in the "Keynotes Series." Ellery Queen's copy, with penciled note's on the rear free endpaper about Fletcher's stories. Wolff 2266 (discussing its scarcity and the high quality of these short stories of Yorkshire life).