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Titre : THE DEVIL'S MANSION
Éditeur : Jacobsen Publishing Co., Inc ., New York
Date d'édition : 1931
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-291 [292-296: blank], original yellow cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. Second edition. "A weird thriller of the sort that R. R. Ryan and Mark Hansom are given credit for writing: this one does the job properly. Starting with the basic Gothic formula of trapping an innocent young woman in a house that is remote and threatening yet fascinating, the author adds as its apparent mistress an old woman who sports a live chameleon on a gold leash roaming over her dress; a snarling dog named Rajah; a mute servant; a male would-be rescuer who keeps misplacing his gun; a father's curse; mysterious music played by an unknown presence; and, in the climax, the revelation that the real master of the house is a deformed love-child of the old woman, kept in hiding, a malevolent creature two-and-a-half feet tall with green scales and hooves instead of feet. The pace is brisk, the style vivid, the thrills authentic." - Robert Eldridge. Bleiler (1948), p. 162. Hubin (1994), p. 439. A contemporary gift inscription and the blind stamp of noted collector William Hopkins on front free endpaper. Several faint creases to spine panel, a very good copy in good pictorial dust jacket with wear and creasing to edges and internal tape mends at spine ends. The jacket has the same pictorial design on the front panel as the first edition published earlier the same month by The Fiction League. Both of these publishers were book clubs. No price is printed on the jacket. (#148247). N° de réf. du libraire 148247
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