Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

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GHOST-STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY

BY

MONTAGUE RHODES JAMES Litt.D.

Fellow of King's College, Cambridge

 

WITH FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS BY THE LATE
JAMES McBRYDE

 

SECOND IMPRESSION

 

LONDON
EDWARD ARNOLD
41 & 43 MADDOX STREET, BOND STREET, W.
1905

[All rights reserved]


THE ENGLISHMAN WAS TOO DEEP IN HIS NOTE-BOOK TO GIVE MORE THAN AN OCCASIONAL GLANCE TO THE SACRISTAN.

 

THESE STORIES

ARE DEDICATED

TO ALL THOSE WHO AT VARIOUS TIMES

HAVE LISTENED TO THEM

PREFACE

 

I wrote these stories at long intervals, and most of them were read to patient friends, usually at the season of Christmas. One of these friends offered to illustrate them, and it was agreed that, if he would do that, I would consider the question of publishing them. Four pictures he completed, which will be found in this volume, and then, very quickly and unexpectedly, he was taken away. This is the reason why the greater part of the stories are not provided with illustrations. Those who knew the artist will understand how much I wished to give a permanent form even to a fragment of his work; others will appreciate the fact that here a remembrance is made of one in whom many friendships centred.

The stories themselves do not make any very exalted claim. If any of them succeed in causing their readers to feel pleasantly uncomfortable when walking along a solitary road at nightfall, or sitting over a dying fire in the small hours, my purpose in writing them will have been attained.

Two of them—the first two in the volume—have appeared in print in the National Review and the Pall Mall Magazine respectively, and I wish to thank the Editors of those periodicals for kindly allowing me to republish them here.

M. R. JAMES.

King's College, Cambridge,
Allhallows' Even, 1904.

CONTENTS

  PAGE
CANON ALBERIC'S SCRAP-BOOK 1
LOST HEARTS 29
THE MEZZOTINT 53
THE ASH-TREE 81
NUMBER 13 113
COUNT MAGNUS 149
'OH, WHISTLE, AND I'LL COME TO YOU, MY LAD' 181
THE TREASURE OF ABBOT THOMAS 227

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS


  PAGE

THE ENGLISHMAN WAS TOO DEEP IN HIS NOTE-BOOK TO GIVE MORE THAN AN OCCASIONAL GLANCE AT THE SACRISTAN

frontispiece

A HAND LIKE THE HAND IN THAT PICTURE

to face 26

LOOKING UP IN AN ATTITUDE OF PAINFUL ANXIETY

,, 204

IT LEAPT TOWARDS HIM UPON THE INSTANT

,, 222



This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.


The author died in 1936, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 75 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.