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Titre : CALLED BACK . Arrowsmith's Bristol Library ...
Éditeur : J. W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street. London: Griffith & Farran, St. Paul's Churchyard, Bristol
Date d'édition : 1884
Reliure : Soft cover
Edition : 1st Edition
Small octavo, pp. [1-4]  2-194 [195-196: blank] [note: last leaf (O2) is a blank], nineteenth-century three-quarter green leather and marbled boards. First book edition. Published earlier as "Arrowsmith's Christmas Annual for 1883. Conway's first full-length fiction, a novel which brought him worldwide fame and established the formula of the Victorian shilling shocker. ". this sensational story of murder, amnesia, Siberian exile, political assassination and detection made a tremendous hit. It was translated all over Europe, a dramatized version ran for a year, and the novel sold over 350,000 copies in four years." - Sutherland, Victorian Fiction, p. 222. "Sensational novel of mystery and crime with an element of fantasy ." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 58. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 58 (Christmas Annual). Hubin (1994), p. 184. Sadleir 608 ("83rd thousand"). Wolff 1423a (rebound). Topp, Victorian Yellowbacks & Paperbacks, 1849-1905 VIII, p. 217. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Gift inscription dated 11 June 1884 at upper edge of title page. This copy is missing leaf A2 (an advertising leaf between the title/contents leaf and B1, the first leaf of text) and leaf O2 (the final blank), and has been bound without the original stiff white wrappers. A very good copy. The true first printing of this book (with title page dated 1884) is scarce. (#130798). N° de réf. du libraire 130798
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