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THE DEAD MAN'S MESSAGE: AN OCCULT ROMANCE ...
New York: Charles B. Reed, Publisher, 164, 166 & 168 Fulton St,. 1894. original decorated purple cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind, orange marbled endpapers.. Cloth worn at edges, small nick to cloth at upper rear joint, spine. faded, a good copy. Scarce. (#149367). First edition. Published four years later in England as A SOUL ON FIRE (London: Bliss Sands & Co., 1898). A presentation copy inscribed by the book's publisher to the author on the front free endpaper: Mrs. Florence Marryat / Compliments of / Charles M. Reed / NY June 4 / 94." Sensational spiritualist romance of after death experiences; a salutary warning to a cold, callous savant to mend his ways, in the tradition of Dickens's moral ghost stories; also a polemic presenting many of the author's enthusiastic views on moral and social questions e.g. vivisection, parental care, etc. A prolific author with some ninety novels to her credit, Florence Marryat (1838-1899) was the youngest and eleventh child of Frederick Marryat, the popular nineteenth-century nautical novelist. "A Catholic, Marryat was fascinated by spiritualism which she frequently introduces into her novels. As a spiritualist she wrote the popular book THERE IS NO DEATH (1891)." - Sutherland, Victorian Fiction, p. 412. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 151 (citing the 1898 UK edition. Bleiler (1978), p. 133. Reginald 09685.
      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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