THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN. A NOVEL. May Agnes Fleming, Early.

THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN. A NOVEL. New York: G. W. Dillingham, 1888. 12mo, pp. [i-iv] v-vi [7] 8-396, original maroon cloth spine panel stamped in gold, front and rear panels stamped in blind, orange endpapers. Later edition. A reprint or reworking of LA MASQUE; OR, THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN. A TALE OF ILLUSION, DELUSION, AND MYSTERY published under Fleming's pen name "Cousin May Carleton" in New York by E. A. Brady in 1863, of which no copy appears to be extant. To further complicate matters, the Dillingham edition appears to have been preceded by an edition under this title published in New York by Hurst which bears an 1876 copyright date (the Hurst edition has been microfilmed). "Sensational historical romance set during the Great Plague of London; title character Death personified, 'La Masque' hides a fleshless skull. Residual Gothic in tone, supernatural episodes scattered throughout, albeit not crucial to plot." - Robert Knowlton. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 84. Wright (III) 1907. Reginald 05478 (listing this edition only) Hubin (1994), p. 133. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Cloth rubbed and scuffed, pulpy text paper tanned, a very good copy. A much better than average copy of this fairly scarce book. (#151903).

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