RAYMOND BURY: A TALE. FOUNDED ON T. HOOD'S POEM, "THE HAUNTED HOUSE" Eliza H. Keating.

RAYMOND BURY: A TALE. FOUNDED ON T. HOOD'S POEM, "THE HAUNTED HOUSE" London: Arthur Hall, Virtue, and Co., 1853. Small octavo, pp. [1-6] [i] ii [1] 2-319 [320: printer's imprint], three inserted plates with illustrations by Mrs. W. Ingram, plus a small illustration on the title page, original green cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, all edges untrimmed, yellow coated endpapers. First edition. A melodramatic mystery story set in 1715 at Raymond Bury, an ancient English manor house where a disinherited brother (who will not serve the Roman Catholic Church as instructed by his father) is accused of fratricide when the heir to the family title and fortune is found murdered in his bed in the haunted room of the house. The story is not supernatural: the haunting refers to past deeds, not ghosts. A main theme of the novel is religion: contrasting the kindly and faithful Father Clifford, a Roman Catholic priest, with the machinations of the Abbé Trafford, the former preceptor of the brothers and the director of the Roman Catholic members of the family. Stripped of the trappings, the mystery and detection is fairly well done. This appears to be the only novel by this English author of fairy tale plays and books, mostly didactic works for children. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 126. Not in Hubin. Ex-library Metropolitan Boroughs Joint Fiction Reserve, with small pocket on the front paste-down and withdrawn stamps on the front free endpaper and the verso of the title leaf. Green cloth largely faded to brown, engraved plates a bit darkened, some leaves roughly opened, a very good copy. A scarce book. (#154678).

Price: $350.00

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