THE ROMANCE OF A MUMMY. Translated from the French of Théophile Gautier by M[aud] Young. London: John and Robert Maxwell, . Octavo, pp. [1-6]  2-312, original pictorial brown cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in black and gold, publisher's monogram stamped in blind on rear panel, top edge untrimmed, floral patterned endpapers. First printing of this translation. A Translation of LE ROMAN DE LA MOMIE (1858). Marginal fantasy; "it describes the Biblical contest between Moses and Aaron and the magicians of Pharaoh." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 681. "Supercilious young handsome English lord with learned German archaeologist in his train are taken by villainous Greek (for a price) to tomb he has spotted as unopened, and after the swiftest dig on record ("Do not damage the sarcophagus, I want to take it along and give it to the British Museum"), find the mummy of a beautiful young woman (!), and a papyrus with the novel written on it." - Wolff 2444 (citing this 1886 translation by Maud Young). Bleiler (1948), p. 124 (citing a 1882 edition). Reginald 05853 (citing the New York: Bradburn, 1863 edition). Not in Bleiler (1978). Shallow chip from upper spine end, cloth worn at lower spine end, corner tips rubbed, a very good copy. Actually, a better than average copy of this edition which is mostly found in tired condition. (#142293).
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