New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons; The Knickerbocker Press, 1905.
Second Printing. Hardcover. "It was certainly a queer house. Even through the blinding storm they could distinguish its eccentric outlines..." Welcome to the Jack O' Lantern, a "sepulchral mansion" full of "unexpected doors, queer, winding passages, and lonely, untenanted rooms." This turn-of-the-century novel stars the newlyweds Harlan and Dorothy Carr, who have just inherited a grand country estate from an estranged Uncle Ebeneezer. What they end up inheriting is a haunted house that brings all of their estranged and just plain strange relatives out of the woodwork, along with a series of ghostly events, a cat that may have arisen from the dead, and an elaborate plan for revenge orchestrated from beyond the grave. At the Sign of the Jack O' Lantern was the basis for a 1922 silent film directed by Lloyd Ingraham and starring Betty Ross Clarke, Earl Schenck, and Wade Boteler, a film now considered lost. Bound in a lavender and gilt-decorated binding designed by the great Art Nouveau book designer Margaret Armstrong, this 1905 printing of Myrtle Reed's hilarious and haunting novel is a real treat for Halloween!
8 1/8" X 5 3/8". 353pp. Ex-library, with due date and card envelope to rear endpapers and associated marks. This beautiful publisher's cloth binding is the work of the great Art Nouveau book designer Margaret Armstrong. Bound in lavender cloth over boards, with elaborate sign post stamped in gilt and white to upper board, with upper board and spine lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. Mild edgewear to binding, with some light soiling to cloth, bumping to extremities, and ever so slight bowing inward to boards. Previous owner's pencilled inscription to front free endpaper, dated October 1974. Binding is firm, sound, and square. Decorative title page featuring silhouette of a black cat. Pages are clean and unmarked and printed in both red and black throughout. Very good. Item #11939