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Titre : A STRANGE STORY. By the Author of "Rienzi," ...
Éditeur : Sampson Low, Son, & Co., London
Date d'édition : 1862
Reliure : Hardcover
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, two volumes: pp. [1-2] [i-iii] iv-x  2-353 [354: printer's imprint]; [1-2]  2-384 + 16-page publisher's catalogue dated January 1862 inserted at rear of volume two, half title leaf in volume one, none in volume two, as issued, original decorated brown cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panels stamped in gold and blind, top and fore-edges untrimmed, cream coated endpapers. First British edition. Sampson Low's edition was preceded by a two-volume Continental edition published by Tauchnitz in 1861. Bulwer-Lytton, "an assiduous student of occultism and the pseudo sciences, attended Levi's conjurations, and his novel A STRANGE STORY (1862) is based in great part on Levi's work. Bulwer-Lytton's Margrave is the first convincing capable practicing black magician in modern literature. A STRANGE STORY was widely read, and many fictional accounts of magical ceremonies have been derived from it." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 304. "In the field of supernatural literature Bulwer is enormously important . A STRANGE STORY stands behind most more recent novels of magic or of personality change ." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction, p. 87 (also described as entry 305). "The novel itself is a real triumph, in the end subordinating all the occult machinery, including a full-scale alchemical and Rosicrucian distillation of the elixir of life, to the strongly-based philosophical and religious arguments for the immortality of the human soul." - Wolff 960. "Despite serious flaws, this is one of the towering works of Victorian supernatural fiction, casting its shadow far and wide." - Robert Eldridge. Discussed in Wolff, Strange Stories, pp. 265-322. Discussed in Christensen, Edward Bulwer-Lytton: The Fiction of New Regions, esp. pp. 176-81. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 1-26. Bailey, Pilgrims Through Space and Time, pp. 30-1. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-55. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 145. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 148. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, pp. 102-03. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 2-19. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 34. Reginald 09382. Hubin (1994), p. 117. Sadleir 444. Contemporary owner's signature dated 1862 on both title pages. Later owner's signature dated 1921 on both paste-downs. Cloth rubbed at edges, some soiling and several small stains to cloth, inner front hinge of volume 1 broken, otherwise, a good, fairly decent copy. (#151644). N° de réf. du libraire 151644
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