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A STRANGE STORY. By the Author of "Rienzi," "My Novel," etc. etc. etc. In Two Volumes
London: Samson Low, Son, & Co, 47 Ludgate Hill., 1862.. First British Edition. Half-Leather. Very Good. First British edition. Two volumes in one. Octavo, two volumes bound together in half green calf over finely pebbled green cloth boards, the spine with five raised bands and titled in gilt on a red leather label, marbled endpapers and page edges. 353 + 384 pp, half title leaf in volume one, none in volume two, as issued; no publishers catalogue at rear of volume two (likely excised by the binder). Sampson Low's edition was preceded by a two-volume Continental edition published by Tauchnitz in 1861. Ink name on verso of front free marbled endpaper, dated Dublin, 1862, showing the binding to be contemporary with the publication date. Light rubbing to edges of binding, spine panel a trifle tanned; a very good copy, internally quite fresh. ¶ An extremely important novel of black magic and the supernatural, encompassing ceremonial magic, alchemy and the distillation of the elixir of life. Bulwer-Lytton was a student of occultism and attended magical conjurations performed by Eliphas Levi, A STRANGE STORY is based in part on Levi's work. The character of Margrave is considered to be the first practicing black magician in modern literature.
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