THE LURE OF THE PAST. London: Stanley Paul & Co, . Octavo, pp. [1-7] 8-256, original tan cloth, front panel ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in black. First edition. "A weird horror novel about a Londoner who is drawn back, partly through the use of drugs, into his former lives in Egypt and Rome, a process that exhausts his vitality and attachment to the present until it kills him. Commercial fiction, to be sure, but a notch above the pulp turned out by Wright & Brown, Jenkins, etc., and, though not as rare as his THE WINE OF DEATH (1925), a scarce book as well. Only one holding given by OCLC (at UCLA, in the Nitka Collection -- as is the sole OCLC holding of THE WINE OF DEATH). This is not your grandmother's vaporous reincarnation romance." - Robert Eldridge. Bleiler (1978), p. 10. Reginald 00493. Early owner's signature on front paste-down. Cloth a bit rubbed at spine ends, corner tips and along outer joints, free endpapers tanned with some offset on first and last leaves of text, but overall a solid, clean, very good copy of an uncommon book. (#149336).
"First published in 1920" on copyright page