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Titre : ILIAN; OR, THE CURSE OF THE OLD SOUTH CHURCH...
Éditeur : J. B. Lippincott Company. London: 10 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, Philadelphia
Date d'édition : 1888
Reliure : Hardcover
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-7  9-11  13-368, flyleaves at front and rear, two inserted plates, original pictorial terra cotta cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in black and gold, floral patterned endpapers. First edition. An illegitimate daughter becomes the instrument of her dead mother's curse on her seducer and all his descendants. Other motifs include drugs and mesmerism. Told in six sections that jump from one time period to another (1840, 1861, 1863, 1865, 187-, and finally the present. Some of the narration is epistolary. The author, a naval officer, recounts in his introduction the disjointed circumstances of the book's composition. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 459. Wright (III) 3053. Early owner's signature on front flyleaf. Cloth rubbed at edges, scattered soiling and staining to first half of the text, tide marks on plates, a sound, good reading copy. (#141863). N° de réf. du libraire 141863
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