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Titre : ME;" OR THE STORY OF THE WINDOW CURTAINS, A ...
Éditeur : J. S. Ogilvie & Company, 57 Rose St., New York; 79 Wabash Ave., Chicago, New York
Date d'édition : 1887
Reliure : Hardcover
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, original maroon decorated cloth, front panel stamped in black. First edition of the text with this title and (bogus) author attribution. Issued as Ogilvie's "Fireside Series," number 25, May, 1887, to capitalize on the success of Haggard, who had just published SHE. An example of bald-faced reverse plagiarism, this novel was written by the prolific and preachy American author Shay, and originally published by Ogilvie in 1880 as WINDOW CURTAINS, a didactic tale of a bank clerk ruined by lack of moral fiber and living beyond his means. He embezzles money and securities as he is drawn deeply into a ring of speculators investing in real estate. Ultimately the bank fails, his crimes are exposed, he flees to Canada, later emigrates to Texas with wife and daughter, who both perish as the result of a harsh frontier life. A tragic melodrama, not a parody of Haggard, nor a sequel. This book has nothing whatever to do with Haggard, aside from the fraudulent attribution of the book to him. Clothbound copies are extant with at least three binding variants. The front panel of this binding, probably the earliest, reads " 'ME' | BY | H. RIDER HAGGARD." Later bindings change the wording to match the more ambiguously worded title page. Haggard was aware of this fraud and on 25 September 1887 the New York Times published his letter repudiating authorship. Whatmore F4. Private owner's inscription on front free endpaper and ownership stamps on front paste-down and free endpaper. Hinges cracked, cloth scuffed and soiled, pulpy text paper browned, a good copy of a very scarce, obscure book. (#148937). N° de réf. du libraire 148937
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