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Titre : THE MAGICIAN .
Éditeur : William Heinemann, London
Date d'édition : 1908
Reliure : Hardcover
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, pp. [1-4] [1-3] 4-310 [311-313: ads] [314-316: blank], original decorated blue green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition, first printing. Generally regarded as occult fantasy, this novel is actually science fiction. The villain, Oliver Haddo, modeled upon Aleister Crowley, studies the occult, ancient alchemy and modern biological science, and successfully creates life. Remains a very readable science fiction horror novel. "THE MAGICIAN (1908) presents a savage portrait of Aleister Crowley, easily recognized as Haddo, a student of occultism who forces a young woman to marry him by casting a glamour upon her, and who eventually sacrifices her in order to create a homunculus." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 634. Crowley, with whom Maugham once roomed in Paris, elected to be perversely flattered by the grotesque characterization, calling it "an amusing hotchpot of stolen goods." Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror 4-111. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-144. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1135. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 359. Bleiler (1978), p. 136 (coding "Magic & Witchcraft"). Reginald 09831. Stott A11a. Armorial bookplate of Oliver Brett affixed to front paste-down. Cloth lightly rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, a bright, near fine copy. An attractive copy of a very scarce book. (#149698). N° de réf. du libraire 149698
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