THE LADY OF THE LEOPARD: A NOVEL. Chas L'Epine, pseudonym.

THE LADY OF THE LEOPARD: A NOVEL. London: Greening & Co., 1899. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii 1-243 [244-256: ads], title page printed in orange and black, original decorated rose cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in black and gold, all edges trimmed. First edition. Sensational novel of voodoo and lycanthropy; good atmosphere, unconventional characterizations, particularly titular femme fatale. An unusually sophisticated variant on the were-leopard, especially for the period. The pseudonymous L'Epine published a well-received earlier horrific criminous thriller, THE DEVIL IN A DOMINO (Greening 1897). Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Hubin (1994), p. 496. 1905 Christmas gift inscription on front free endpaper. Mild foxing to fore-edge of text block, text pages just a bit tanned, a nearly fine copy with clean and bright exterior. (#156020).

Price: $750.00

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