OPEN THE DOOR! A VOLUME OF STORIES ..
1941 · London
by Sitwell, Osbert
London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd, 1941. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v [vi] 1-281 , original burgundy cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Collects eighteen stories. According to the dust jacket flap, there runs through them "a new vein of the haunted and the haunting ... a new sense of life's strange co-incidences and the mysteries, only occasionally and in part to be perceived, which frame the Visible World." "Long Journey" is a ghost story. Osbert was the middle of three literary siblings (between Edith and Sacheverell), prominent in the years between the two World Wars, aristocratic modernists (or, as their critics might say, supercilious rabble-rousers). Osbert is remembered now chiefly for his five-volume autobiography (which covers other family members as well), but he also published poetry and fiction, among other things; some of his fiction is fantastic. Fifoot oA30a. NCBEL IV 348. Two small tape ghosts on each free endpaper, a very good copy in very good dust jacket with wear and short tears at edges and small internal tape mends at upper spine end. (#117134) (Inventory #: 117134)