The General Plan

Candler, Edmund

Editorial: William Blackwood, Edinburgh and London, 1911
Condición: Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: Robert Eldridge, Bookseller (Elizabethtown, NY, Estados Unidos de America)

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Candler, Edmund. The General Plan. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1911. First edition. Octavo, pp. [1-12] [1]-306 [307-308: publisher ads] + 64-page inserted publisher's catalogue dated 3/11. Original red cloth, front panel stamped in white, spine panel stamped in white and gold. Brief author's gift inscription on front free endpaper. Spine panel sunned with its white lettering perished, slight binding lean, otherwise a quite decent copy. #888. $75. Not listed in the usual genre references, though a later collection (The Emergency Man) is. Of this collection of nine stories, four are definitely fantastic and one is borderline. All have colonial settings, mostly in India, where the author had spent time. The settings are quite detailed. He had written some non-fiction works about the region. All but two of the stories had previously appeared in top-ranking general interest magazines. In "A Break in the Rains" a stolen idol brings misfortune to the English lovers, even though they intend to pay for it, and later when they try to return it. "The Testimony of Bhagwan Singh" is a ghost story. "At Galdang Tso" brings an Englishman to a lamasery where he meets a Buddhist monk who shows deep knowledge of his English home, the simplest explanation being that he is the reincarnation of a close relation. "The Waters of Thunder", set in Paraguay, concern a pair of English explorers, one of whom is more driven than the other to complete his quest, even if it means encounters with a race of humanoids four feet tall ("an earless, mute, dwarfish gang") who dine on earless rodents and live near a thundering waterfall that gives off a queer high-pitched overtone. In "Père Aillard" a bluff and burly French missionary cheerfully endures a martyr's death by stoning in a hellishly hot Indian spot, after which his courage and charismatic personality lead to the founding of a local cult that worships him. Some of the other stories concern crimes and the efforts to bring the culprits to justice. Underneath the slow-moving clunky writing style (imitating the angular particularity of Kipling?) one can find some rather unusual ideas here. N° de ref. de la librería 888

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Título: The General Plan

Editorial: William Blackwood, Edinburgh and London

Año de publicación: 1911

Encuadernación: Hardback

Condición del libro: Good

Edición: First Edition.

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When I began my bookselling business in 1996 I called it "Eldritch Books" because that adjective at least partly covered the type of material I offered (and because its similarity to my own surname seemed so -- eldritch). "Ghost stories" would be another handy, if somewhat reductive, term. Most of it is fiction from the 19th and early 20th century with a strong emphasis on the fantastic. Since the most familiar and relevant genre terms in use today -- "science fiction," "fantasy," "supernatural," "horror" -- were not so much in use when these books were first published, pegging them that way can be anachronistic. But that should give you the general idea. I don't have much in the way of American pulp (either in magazine or specialty press book form) but otherwise my interests range widely from high-brow to middle-brow to low-brow to amateur/eccentric. You're more likely to find rare and obscure works here than high spots. (Or at least they're obscure now, whatever their status was when first published.) In 2001 I went to work for L. W. Currey as cataloguer and general assistant. Since 2014 I've been back working on my own. I have exhibited at convention fairs (such as WFC and Readercon) in the past. I began collecting and studying antiquarian fantasy around 1980. Some of my essays have appeared in genre publications such as NYRSF, Wormwood and F&SF. I tend to carefully research my inventory and write extensive notes. (If another dealer wishes to make use of any of these notes, I'd appreciate the courtesy of putting such excerpts in quotes and giving proper attribution to me. That's what I do when I quote from any of my reference works.) I will be gradually listing my inventory on ABE over the coming years. I hope you find something of interest.

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