London: Phillip Allan, 1934. [Occult] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.[vi]; 279; [iii]. A variant binding of blue publisher's cloth with darker blue titles to spine and decorative double rules to spine ends (usually seen in the publisher's orange cloth with black titles and without the decorative detail to top and bottom of the spine, this possibly being a first issue binding). Heavy spotting and browning to edges and preliminaries. Lighter spotting and browning throughout. Spine sunned; light rubbing and marking to cloth. Very good. O'Donnell led a fascinating life, claiming to have seen a ghost himself aged five years old. He also claimed to have been strangled by a mysterious phantom in Dublin. O'Donnell believed that he was descended from Irish chieftains of ancient times, including Niall of the Nine Hostages (the King Arthur of Irish folklore) and Red Hugh, who fought the English in the sixteenth century. In later life he became a ghost hunter, travelled across America, and acted on stage and in films. Item #55889
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