THE MAGICIAN .

Maugham, W[illiam] Somerset

Edité par William Heinemann, 1908
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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

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Titre : THE MAGICIAN .
Éditeur : William Heinemann
Date d'édition : 1908

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MAUGHAM, W[illiam] Somerset.
Edité par George H. Doran Company, New York
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Description du livre George H. Doran Company, New York. Second American Edition. 288pp. Original green cloth lettered in black. Covers repaired. Juncture of covers and spine worn. Spine tip wear. Slight corner wear. Small bump at bottom of front cover. Book slightly skewed. Lacks front flyleaf, o/w contents very good, clean and tight. Bookplate. *** See Stott A11 Bleiler *** Checklist of Science-Fiction & Supernatural Fiction p.136, coded as Magic and Witchcraft, cites the 1908 London 1st Edn. *** ". presents a savage portrait of Aleister Crowley, easily recognized as Addo [sic; should be Haddo], a student of occultism." - Clute & Grant. Encyclopedia of Fantasy *** Maugham knew Crowley in Paris. ". Though Aleister Crowley served, as the model for Oliver Haddo, it is by no means a portrait of him. I have made my character more striking in appearance, more sinister and more ruthless than Crowley ever was. I gave him magical powers that Crowley, though he claimed them, certainly never possessed. " - Maugham, in A Fragment of Autobiography - a copy of the complete entertaining portion relating to Maugham, Crowley and the writing of "The Magician" is included with this book. N° de réf. du libraire 003243

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Maugham, W[illiam] Somerset
Edité par Duffield & Company, New York (1909)
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Description du livre Duffield & Company, New York, 1909. Octavo, pp. [1-6] [1-3] 4-310 [311-314: blank] [note: first and last two leaves are blanks], original pictorial slate blue cloth, front panel stamped in orange, green and black, spine panel stamped in orange and green. First U.S. edition. Maugham made revisions in the text of the American edition, in some instances considerably expanding it. 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 A11c. Small attractive private owner's book label affixed to the front paste-down. Slight spine lean, cloth rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, mild foxing to endpapers, edges of text block darkened, a clean, tight, very good copy with bright cover stamping. An above average copy of a book seldom found in nice condition. (#151713). N° de réf. du libraire 151713

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