A LOVE SPELL. A NOVEL. New York: G. W. Carlton & Co., Publishers. London: S. Low & Co., 1883. Octavo, pp. [1-3] 4-5 [6] [9] 10-383 [384: blank] [mispaged; complete despite gap in pagination], flyleaves at front and rear, original green cloth, front and rear panels stamped in black, spine panel stamped in black and gold, buff endpapers. First edition. Part of the publisher's "Dawn to Noon Series." Sensation romance of magic and witchcraft set in Jamaica. The villain is Chakra, a Coromantee obeah-man who is condemned to death for witchcraft and murder (he is chained to the Jumbé Rock and left to die and be reduced to a skeleton by feasting birds) but escapes and acts badly for nearly four hundred pages densely set in very small type. Jamaican history and culture is richly detailed: the hero is a Creole plantation owner; the Coromantee and Maroon people figure prominently in the story and their society and culture are favorably depicted (although the tribes are fighting each other in this novel). The story ends happily: Chakra plunges to his death in a pool below a waterfall when one of his dastardly deeds goes awry; an evil white slaver captain is chopped up and eaten by the natives in Ghana during the wedding ceremony for one of the protagonist's friends; and the hero and his new bride plan their future from the summit of the Jumbé Rock. Not in Wright. Not listed in The American Catalogue. Just the slightest bit of wear to spine ends and corner tips, a bright, very good copy. OCLC reports 3 copies. No copies of any edition reported by COPAC. An interesting, very obscure novel. (#156333).

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