Crawford, F. Marion. The Upper Berth.
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1913.
Sevenpenny Library edition. Small 8vo. Publisher’s tan embossed cloth, titled in gilt to spine and decorated in blind to spine and front board. Minor edgewear, clean, sharp and tight, a very good copy. Internally clean, black and white pictorial frontispiece. A pretty little edition of one of Crawford’s most masterful weird tales, originally published in 1894, it has pretty much everything: ocean liner, mysterious deaths, a smell of damp, a porthole that repeatedly opens itself...actually has a distinctly Hope Hodgson flavour to it, and a hint of being rather ahead of its time. Splendid.