GOD, MAN, & THE DEVIL: A NOVEL. Ernest Henham.

GOD, MAN, & THE DEVIL: A NOVEL. London: Skeffington and Son, 1897. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1] 2-232, original decorated olive-green cloth, front and panels stamped in black, white, yellow and red, publisher's monogram stamped in blind on rear panel, fore and bottom edges untrimmed, floral endpapers. First edition. "Henham, a moderately successful author for about three decades starting at the turn of the century, is now very obscure. He also wrote under the pseudonym John Trevena and has several titles in fantasy checklists under one or the other name (most notably, perhaps, TENEBRAE, 1898) but not this one. The present novel, bleak in tone like most of his work, is partly a problem novel about lax divorce laws in Britain, and partly a broader pessimistic meditation on the conflicts between men and women, parents and children, and the failures of the state and church to uphold that institution, marriage, that should act as a bulwark against their own worst instincts and the promptings of the Devil. Apart from the brooding background presence of God and Satan, the novel is only marginally fantastic, with a visionary dream in its final pages about a battle between the archangels and demons, a dream so devastating it leaves the dreamer (a bishop) dead. Another incident in which a cat 'accidentally' doles out a poetically just death to one of the novel's villains -- after he had viciously killed the heroine's beloved cat -- gives off a whiff of the supernatural." - Robert Eldridge. Early owner's signature dated April 1897 on verso of front free endpaper. Some acidic offsetting to pp. 102-103 (probably from an old bookmark), a fine copy. (#148324).

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