NUMBER 56 AND OTHER STORIES ... Translated by Phyllis Megroz. Catulle Mendes, Abraham.

NUMBER 56 AND OTHER STORIES ... Translated by Phyllis Megroz. London: T. Werner Laurie, [1928]. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5 [6] 7-8 [9-10] 11-239 [240] [241-248: ads], original red cloth, spine panel stamped in black, publisher's device stamped in black on rear panel. First edition in English. Translation of RUE DES FILLES-DIEU 56 (Paris 1895). First story is criminous. The other three are decadent and grotesque fantasies; influenced by Poe's fanciful tales but more nightmarish, hallucinatory. "Lucignole" is Mendes's most famous story, in which a sadistic hideous dwarf blinds nightingales (including his pathetic ward) to make them sing more sweetly in darkness. Reginald 10007. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Hubin (1994), p. 568. Cloth soiled on rear cover, spine panel sunned, a good, tight copy with clean interior. (#147326).

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