THE MESMERISTS: A NOVEL. London: Hutchinson and Co, 1900. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-262 [263-264] 265-400, quarter pebbled burgundy leather and scarlet cloth, spine lettered and tooled in gold, all edges marbled. First edition. Collected here, in addition to the novel, is THE MESMERIST: AN ORIGINAL PLAY IN FOUR ACTS, page [263]-400 which, according to Farjeon, was written before the novel. Sensational crime fiction; villain is Professor Laval, an accomplished mesmerist who is also an impostor, a cad, a blackmailer, and a killer. Larnach, Materials Towards a Checklist of Australian Fantasy to 1937 (1950), p. 11. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Probably a contemporary private library binding; "Doveridge" stamped on front cover (perhaps the Manor House, Doveridge, Derbyshire, UK). This copy was bound with a frontispiece from another book, Mitford's THE WEIRD OF DEADLY HOLLOW, a book not published by Hutchinson. Leather rubbed at spine ends and along joints, still a sound, good copy. A scarce book regardless of its binding status. (#149599).

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