First edition. The book is reasonably firmly bound in the publisher’s dark blue cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt and purple, the extremities are bumped and rubbed, the spine is slightly toned and faded and there are minor tears to the cloth. The text block is toned and slightly foxed with cracking at points, a neatly written name and date to the front endpaper and an intriguing cut out section to the front pastedown, presumably where a bookplate once reposed, all nine black and white illustrated plates are present. A collection of weird, macabre and supernatural tales, each introduced by the hypnotist of the title, who extracts the tales from his victims whilst they are in a trance state, often having induced the trance under the pretext of helping the narrator of the tale, but generally with the ulterior motive of extracting that tale without consent. A rare, peculiar, disturbing and highly entertaining volume.