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The Armenian; or The Ghost-Seer. A History Founded on Fact
D. Symonds, London, 1800. First Edition. Hardcover (Quarter Leather). Good Condition. 4 volumes in 1/4 leather over printed marbled boards, worn, corners reinforced early on with vellum, hinges cracked, boards loose. Curiously, the marbled paper covering the boards has the text of an early government document printed over it - printing is ca. 1704. Modest foxing, heavy to the plate of secret writing, occasional spots of discoloration, endpapers browned. Each complete with half titles. Volume III with the edges of 4 pages torn, apparently from a reading by candlelight incident judging from the slight burn marks to one page edge, there is a meaningful loss of text to the corner of 113-116.& & The first edition of Schiller's influential novel with the additions by Follenius. A sensation at the time, The Ghost-Seer is a cautionary novel of plots, obscure secrets, Jesuits and the occult. Though never completed, it nonetheless hit a nerve with Germans struggling with institutions that were failing to keep pace with the intellectual progress of the time - it sparked an avalanche of imitators from Wieland's Peregrinum Proteus to Grosse's The Genius. & & Schiller's version was published in 1789, the first German edition with the additions by Follenius was 1798. The first English edition was 1795 - this edition includes some, but not all, of Follenius's substantial additions to the original. With the plate of secret writing facing page 215. Size: Octavo (8vo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Fiction; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 041298. .
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