DR. ZELL AND THE PRINCESS CHARLOTTE. AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL RELATION OF ADVENTURES IN THE LIFE OF A DISTINGUISHED MODERN NECROMANCER, SEER AND THEOSOPHIST. Warren Richardson.

DR. ZELL AND THE PRINCESS CHARLOTTE. AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL RELATION OF ADVENTURES IN THE LIFE OF A DISTINGUISHED MODERN NECROMANCER, SEER AND THEOSOPHIST. New York: L. Kabis and Company, Publishers, 1892. Octavo, pp. [1-2] 3-6 vii-viii [9] 10-342 [343-344: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], flyleaves at front and rear, original light blue cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in gold, white endpapers with floral pattern printed in olive green. First edition. One of the best examples of eccentric American fantastic fiction of the nineteenth century. Highly readable, and chock-full of sensational motifs: astrology, ghosts, personality exchange, cross-dressing, etc. The story begins in a small New Hampshire town, moves to New York City, then to Austria, then back to New Hampshire, where it ends on a note of disenchantment with occult matters, a highly unusual tone in such works, which are generally enthusiastic through and through. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1383. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 94. Bleiler (1978), p. 167. Reginald 12224. Wright (III) 4535. Touch of soiling to cloth on front panel, else a bright, near fine copy. The first printing is fairly uncommon. (#149507).

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