THE STRANGE FRIEND OF TITO GIL ... Translated from the Spanish by Mrs. Francis J. A. Darr. Pedro Antonio de Alarcon y. Ariza.

THE STRANGE FRIEND OF TITO GIL ... Translated from the Spanish by Mrs. Francis J. A. Darr. New York: A. Lovell & Co., [1890]. Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-133 [134: blank] 1-8: ads [1-2: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], flyleaves at front and rear, four inserted plates with illustrations signed "B," original decorated cream cloth, front panel stamped in blue, red, black, silver and gold, spine panel stamped in gold, publisher's monogram stamped in blind on rear panel, decorated endpapers with floral pattern printed in gold. First edition in English. "Phantasmagorical short novel of suicide's pact with Death, historic setting in eighteenth century Spain shifts at conclusion to year 2316 and the end of the world. Peculiar juxtaposition of folklore motifs with cosmological overview nonetheless effective. Author better known for psychological ghost story 'The Tall Woman.'" - Robert Knowlton. The story was also translated by Mary J. Serrano and published by Cassell in 1891 as THE FRIEND OF DEATH: A FANTASTIC TALE in their "Unknown Library" series. Barron (ed), Fantastic Literature 2-2. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 10. Bleiler (1978), p. 3. Reginald 00108. Cover spotted and a bit soiled, gilt stamping on spine panel dull, a very good copy. Scarce. (#150741).

Price: $400.00

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