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KEYNOTE. MACHEN, Arthur Llewellyn Jones.
The Three Impostors: or, The Transmutations.
John Lane. (Keynotes series, no. 19) 1895. FIRST EDITION. Half title, title designed by Aubrey Beardsley in red & black, 14pp reviews, 16pp cata. (1895). Partially unopened & uncut in orig. dark navy cloth, blocked in white, spine lettered in gilt; rubbed & sl. dulled, extremities rubbed, head & tail of spine sl. chipped, two small indentations in front board. This is Machen's second work to appear in John Lane's Keynotes series. Three Impostors, which is heavily influenced by Robert Louis Stevenson, is a novel written as a collection of stories with interwoven plots and characters. The narrator, Mr. Dyson, is a connoisseur of Fitzrovia, Soho and Bloomsbury, Machen's own stomping grounds. The three impostors of the title are men involved in a secret society, searching through London for a missing Roman coin from the period of Emperor Tiberius commemorating an infamous orgy. The book was published in the year of Wilde's trial and 'as a prime instance of literary decadence was overwhelmed by the moral backlash'. (Sutherland) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers [London, United Kingdom]
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