WHY? A STORY OF GREAT LONGING. [Stockholm: Svenska Tryckeriaktiebolaget, 1923.]. Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-194 [195-196: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original light brown wrappers printed in dark red, all edges untrimmed. First edition. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Marie dated 1923 on the title page. "Episodic, sentimental allegory of Dornadhu's quest in search of an answer to his question. En route he encounters many uncanny scenes and characters, including the vampire Dalua, 'who lived on the blood she took from other's hearts.' She desires death, and he gratifies this with a silver arrow. Written in a lushly ornate style, overdone but with occasional striking visionary passages." - Robert Knowlton. Queen Marie, also known as Marie of Edinburgh, was born on October 29, 1875, in Kent, England. Daughter of Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Marie, the only surviving daughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, Marie was also the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. At the age of 17, she married Ferdinand of Romania, and was crowned Queen in 1914. Queen Marie, who strove to become Romania's first "modern queen" by personal involvement with her citizens. She famously worked as a nurse with the Red Cross during the Great War, ministering to wounded soldiers. Marie also represented Romania at Versailles, where she won back territory that had been taken in the war. Marie was also a writer, composing several novels, stories and "Story of My Life," an autobiography in two volumes. She died in 1938. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 96. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1991). Not in Carter or Cox. A few leaves dog-eared at corners, slight spine roll, a very good copy. Rare. (#155911).
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