THE NAIAD: A GHOST STORY. From the French of George Sand by Katherine Berry di Zerega. New York: Press of William R. Jenkins, . Octavo, pp. [1-6] [1-3] 4-116 [117-118: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], inserted frontispiece with illustration by C. Bunnell, original dark blue cloth, front panel stamped in silver, top edge stained gray, other edges rough-trimmed. First edition in English. Short novel of romantic intrigues in rococo France in 1788; Chateau d'Ionis reputedly haunted by three spirits, who dutifully appear at midnight; in fact a hoax perpetuated by the mischievous lady of the house. The title character a virtuous young noblewoman who masquerades as the statue of water sprite come to life. All supernaturalism rationalized, complications happily resolved. Sand is attempting amorous gallant fantasies popular under the Ancien Regime. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 189. Bleiler (1978), p. 174. Reginald 12669. Cloth rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, a few scuffs to cloth, mostly on rear cover, a tight, bright, very good copy. (#149640).
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