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WYLDER'S HAND. A NOVEL - Le Fanu, J[oseph] Sheridan - 1903. 
Downey & Co. n.d. ., London - Octavo, pp. [i-ii] [i-ii] [iii] iv-v [vi]  2-387 [388: blank] [note: title leaf is an insert], original decorated dark green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, publisher's monogram stamped in blind on rear panel. First British one-volume edition. First published by Bentley in 1864 (in three volumes). One of a quartet of horror novels produced in the mid-1860s, "four sensational novels that are the best of their kind . brilliant mid-Victorian novels of mystery and suspense." - Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, p. 224-225. ". a superb mystery tale of murder and retributive fate. Le Fanu at the height of his powers weaves an intricate plot and keeps the readers breathless with expectation and excitement . This is a bizarre tale which in its raw, jagged power almost equals WUTHERING HEIGHTS." - Devendra P. Varma, Arno Press promotional brochure for The Collected Works of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1976), pp. 22-3. "Somber thriller in which the implacable working of fate brings the guilty to account, after the fashion of Le Fanu's best short stories (though the supernatural aspects are carefully understated). Similar in some ways to Wilkie Collins's melodramas . but grimmer in outlook." - Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-52. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 2-64. Hubin (1994), p. 493. Cloth rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, spine lean, free endpapers tanned, a bright, very good copy. An uncommon edition of this novel. (#156344) [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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