THE SECRET OF THE COURT: A ROMANCE OF LIFE AND DEATH. London: Hutchinson & Co., 1895. Octavo, pp. [1-4]  2-277 [278-280: ads], illustrated title leaf is an insert, four inserted plates and numerous other illustrations in the text by G. H. Edwards, original pictorial dark blue-gray cloth, front panel stamped in black, red, light blue and gold, spine panel stamped in red and gold, top edge untrimmed. First edition. Weird novel about the remnant of an ancient advanced civilization hidden in an enormous complex beneath the Egyptian sands populated by adepts and zombies of old Pharaohs in suspended animation who awake from time to time. Sefton, a British scientist, is exploring the complex, reading the hieroglyphs in an attempt to reconstruct the ancient lore, including the process by which the dead are restored to life. He attempts to revive the dead wife of his friend's brother, but the experiment fails; the body is animated but is not united with her soul. "Quite a readable specimen of Victorian science fantasy." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 160. "... belongs to the class of story that never seems to go out of fashion, but of which Bulwer was the completest master. ... The description of the temple, by-the-bye, is striking, and the weird effect it produces is brought about by no cheap devices." - The Bookman, vol. 2, p. 229. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1542. Bleiler (1978), p. 142. Reginald 10323. Early owner's signature dated January 1896 in ink on front free endpaper. Touch of rubbing to spine ends and corner tips, endpapers (printed on pulp paper stock) a bit age-darkened, a bright, tight, nearly fine copy. A nice copy of a uncommon book seldom found in decent condition. (#147698).
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