THE RED CARDINAL: A ROMANCE. Leipzig: Bernard Tauchnitz, 1884. Small octavo, pp. 282, plus 16 page publisher's catalogue dated "October 1884." original printed wrappers, all edges untrimmed. First continental edition. "Tauchnitz Edition Collection of British Authors," volume 2293. Preceded by a two-volume edition published in 1884 under the pseudonym of "Florentine." "Society romance with psychological conflicts exacerbated by family curse; supernatural echoes of a past defilement in ghostly manifestations. Gothicism in physical descriptions of architecture and landscape. Atmospheric effects melodramatic, but effective. Dedicated to F. Marion Crawford, his influence clearly evident; also traces of Hawthorne's The Marble Faun." – Robert Knowlton. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 78. Reginald 37720. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Covers a bit rubbed and soiled, a very good copy. (#165940).
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