THE STAR SAPPHIRE. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1896. Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-311 [312: blank] i-iv: publisher ads 11-14: publisher ads [note: text complete despite gap in pagination] [note: fly leaf inserted at front and rear], original decorative maroon cloth, front panel stamped in black and white, spine panel stamped in black. First US edition (or possibly first edition). Mabel Collins, daughter of novelist Mortimer Collins, was a fairly prolific author of fiction in a variety of styles, including a handful of novels that explore occult themes. Besides working for the suffragette cause she became an important figure in the Theosophy movement but had a falling out with her superiors in London and for a time was exiled from the movement. Daims and Grimes, Toward a Feminist Tradition (#613), cite one contemporary review identifying the present book as a society novel about alcoholism, and another that praised the portrayal of a male nurse. Another major character in the story is an idle aristocrat who takes up the temperance cause. The fantastic element of the novel, if it has any, is unknown. Bleiler (1978), p. 46 (citing UK edition). Not in Wolff. Dime-sized damp stain near fore-edge of rear cover as well as some faint marks, a few small water strikes on front cover, still a very good copy overall, well-bound and internally clean. (#147731).
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