THE PROFESSOR'S SISTER: A ROMANCE. Chicago, New York, and San Francisco: Belford, Clarke & Co., Publishers, [1888]. Octavo, pp. [1-7] 8-180 [181-190: ads] [191-192: blank], flyleaves at front and rear, original blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, t.e.g., white endpapers with floral pattern printed in olive green. First edition. Hawthorne's last important neo-Gothic romance, a metaphysical novel which "blends occultism, idealistic philosophy, crime, and fantastic medicine. Germs are used as murder weapons, and the professor's sister, likely to die, is placed in suspended animation while her spirit wanders about." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 196. "Hawthorne's best supernatural novel, stylistically purer than his earlier work, and less sensational than later." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 772. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-78. Bassan, Hawthorne's Son: The Life and Literary Career of Julian Hawthorne (1970), pp. 184-86. Clareson, The Emergence of American Science Fiction: 1880-1915, p. 91. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s - 1930s 409. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, p. 456. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 107. Bleiler (1978), p. 96. Reginald 06947. Wright (III) 2599. Early owner's signature dated December 1888 on half title leaf. Cloth worn at spine ends and corner tips, slight spine lean, a tight, good copy. (#139196).

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