GERARD: OR THE WORLD, THE FLESH, AND THE DEVIL. A NOVEL. By the Author of "Lady Audley's Secret," "Vixen," "Ishmael," "The Day Will Come" etc. Stereotype Edition. London: Simkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Limited, 1892. Octavo, pp. [i-iii] iv  2-348, original yellow glazed paper-covered boards printed in red,black, red, green and gray, publisher ads on front and rear paste-downs. First yellowback edition, the first issue with this title being the last of the 52 Braddon novels listed on the rear paste-down. First published in 1891 in three volumes, an edition that's now quite scarce. "As early as 1861, MEB had wanted to write a story based on Balzac's PEAU DE CHAGRIN and by 1886 she was already planning to combine Balzac's themes with others from Goethe's FAUST ... Gerard, a quarter of a century later, was her first effort to realize this idea. Though not a great success as a supernatural novel, it is one of her best and most explicit satires of opulent London." - Wolff 646. Wolff had this yellowback edition (646a) as well as the three-volume first. "In GERARD ... she uses the Faust theme to show the degeneration of a young man who shabbily betrays the woman he loves. The Devil appears as a seedy character-reader at social parties." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 52. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-9. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 267. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 134. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 102. Bleiler (1978) p. 29. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Topp, Victorian Yellowbacks & Paperbacks VIII, p. 155. Boards worn at spine ends and corner tips, some loss of paper at lower spine end, inner hinges tender but holding, a good copy. (#147769).
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