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THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOPBY
Garden City, N.Y., and Toronto
Doubleday, Page & Company
TO THE BOOKSELLERS
The faults of the composition are plain to you all. I begin merely in the hope of saying something further of the adventures of ROGER MIFFLIN, whose exploits in "Parnassus on Wheels" some of you have been kind enough to applaud. But then came Miss Titania Chapman, and my young advertising man fell in love with her, and the two of them rather ran away with the tale.
I think I should explain that the passage in Chapter VIII, dealing with the delightful talent of Mr. Sidney Drew, was written before the lamented death of that charming artist. But as it was a sincere tribute, sincerely meant, I have seen no reason for removing it.
Chapters I, II, III, and VI appeared originally in The Bookman, and to the editor of that admirable magazine I owe thanks for his permission to reprint.
Now that Roger is to have ten Parnassuses on the road, I am emboldened to think that some of you may encounter them on their travels. And if you do, I hope you will find that these new errants of the Parnassus on Wheels Corporation are living up to the ancient and honourable traditions of our noble profession.
April 28, 1919
I. The Haunted Bookshop
II. The Corn Cob Club
III. Titania Arrives
IV. The Disappearing Volume
V. Aubrey Walks Part Way Home —
And Rides the Rest of the Way
VI. Titania Learns the Business
VII. Aubrey Takes Lodgings
VIII. Aubrey Goes to the Movies, and
Wishes He Knew More German
IX. Again the Narrative Is Retarded
X. Roger Raids the Ice-box
XI Titania Tries Reading in Bed
XII. Aubrey Determines to Give Service
XIII. The Battle of Ludlow Street
XIV. The Cromwell Makes Its Last Appearance
XV. Mr. Chapman Waves His Wand