Book Details + Condition: Scarce first printing (1927) of the first edition. John Lane the Bodley Head Ltd (London). Publisher’s original brick red cloth boards. 297 pages, with eight illustrations and ten-page publisher's catalogue. The book is a collection of true stories of mysterious disappearances, including that of Benjamin Bathhurst who vanished while checking his horses in the presence of other people. Elliott O'Donnell (1872-1965) was an English-born writer of Irish origin, who claimed descent from Niall of the Nine Hostages and Red Hugh. He began his writing career with supernatural fiction, but came to specialize in supernatural writing presented as fact, and to describe himself as a professional ghost-hunter. In very good condition: tight binding; light shelf wear to boards; foxing present to text block and on a few pages; old water stain on bottom of front & rear blank endpapers; text is otherwise clean and unmarked.