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Titre : PHARAOH'S TURQUOISE .
Éditeur : F. V. White and Co. Ltd., London
Date d'édition : 1906
Reliure : Hardcover
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-viii 1-312, original blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. "The opening scene, in which two English women become lost in a forest at night, sets an archetypal fairly tale note for the novel. They are rescued by a down-at-heel gentleman who turns out to be a gypsy (or, as we eventually learn, a half-gypsy). After falling in love with an Englishwoman he recounts the story of his life, including eight years in the North African desert where he obtained the turquoise of the title after an ordeal involving combat with revivified mummies. The gem is believed by the gypsies to have talismanic powers. This sensational melodrama is typical in dwelling on the evolutions of love affairs and revelations about parentage. One thing distinguishing it is its detailed and sympathetic treatment of a large cast of gypsies who live near a manor house." "Mystery thriller of crime and detection revolving [sic] an ancient gem, the original obtaining of which is described in three or four chapters of supernatural occurrences in an Egyptian tomb." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 125. Hubin (1994), p. 451. Gift inscription dated 29 September 1908 on the contents page. Some foxing to edges of text block, a bright, nearly fine copy. Two library holdings on WorldCat: BL and Oxford. (#148201). N° de réf. du libraire 148201
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