ASHES: A TALE OF TWO SPHERES. London: Authors' Co-operative Publishing Co., Ltd., 1890. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi-viii [ix] x-xi [xii]  2-404 i-viii: ads, vignette title page illustration, original pictorial bevel-edged dark blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in brown and gold, top edge untrimmed, pale peach coated endpapers. First edition. An bizarre allegory that appears to be a book-length attack on the British publishing industry of Nisbet's day. Nisbet's protagonist Dirk Davelock, a starving magazine artist, is badly treated by Moloch, the art director of Grabbleson & Company and he and his family (Nell and children) are preyed upon by Grabbleson's agent, the vampiric Mr. Melgarf, "who came into their company grey and bloodless" and "departed with active pace and a flush upon his cheeks, although never with a warmer light in the wall-like eyes." Davelock ultimately becomes rich, famous and showered with commissions (resulting perhaps from a deal with the Devil), while Moloch ends up a penniless street artist. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 85. Armorial bookplate of George Arthur Hodgson affixed to the front paste-down. Touch of wear at spine ends, a bright, nearly fine copy. (#156270).
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