THE THREE IMPOSTORS OR THE TRANSMUTATIONS. London: John Lane ... Boston: Roberts Bros., 1895. Octavo, pp. [1-8]  2-290 + 14-page and 16-page publisher's catalogues inserted at rear, first advertising volumes in the "Keynotes" series, second a general catalogue dated 1895, cover and title page design by Aubrey Beardsley, title page printed in orange and black, original pictorial blue cloth, front panel stamped in white, spine panel stamped in white and gold, publisher's device stamped in white on rear panel, all edges untrimmed. First edition. Episodic mystery thriller incorporating four weird tales, including "Novel of the Black Seal" and "Novel of the White Powder," considered by Bleiler (1983) to be "among the classics of supernatural literature, beautifully narrated, highly imaginative, thought-provoking, even with a note of humor that is seldom encountered." Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-59. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1071. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 147. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 714. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 277. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 1922-25. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-161. Bleiler (1978), p. 130. Reginald 09474. Goldstone & Sweetser 7a. Hint of rubbing to cloth at head and tail of spine panel and corner tips, gift inscription lightly penciled on front free endpaper, else a fine copy. A sharp copy of an attractive book. (#147303).
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