THE MASTER OF SILENCE: A ROMANCE. New York: Charles L. Webster & Co., 1892. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-176 [177-184: ads], fly leaves at front and rear, original decorated green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in dark green, black, and gold, all edges trimmed. First edition. The author's first book. According to Bacheller, 600 copies of the book had been sold prior to the failure of the publisher. A curious novel combining elements of Gothic horror, extrasensory perception and mystery. A central character is a mind reader who possesses superhuman strength acquired with training by his father. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 75. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 034. Bleiler (1978), p. 13. Reginald 00694. Wright (III) 197. Clifton Waller Barrett and University of Virginia bookplate affixed to front paste-down. Hint of rubbing to cloth at spine ends and corner tips, a bright, nearly fine copy. (#110009).
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