A MIGHTY EMPIRE. J. Swindells Barlow.

A MIGHTY EMPIRE. London, New York and Melbourne, Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1902. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-6 [7-8] 9-311 [312: printer's imprint] [313-320: ads], inserted frontispiece with illustration by Edward Read, original red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. "A rare romance of fantastic adventure. A down-and-out Englishman, Allan Blair, is wandering about the dank moors of Lincolnshire one night on when he stumbles upon the sinister Juan Papadaka, a very tall thin man who is intent on recovering the three parts of the Girdle of Isis, supposedly given by the goddess to Rameses the Great. This talisman was the divine source of Egypt's power, which trickled away as the girdle was broken up and lost. Desperation drives Blair to team up with this slightly mad employer. Their quest takes them to Italy, Egypt and Brazil, with thrills and chills aplenty. Good, pulpy fun, the literary equivalent of a plate of bangers and mash, only much harder to find." - Robert Eldridge. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 28. Reginald 00876. Cover stained and soiled, lacks the front free endpaper, rubber stamp of a nursing home on the title page, a sound, good copy. (#148144).

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