THE WANDERING JEW. London and New-York: George Routledge and Sons, 1889. Large octavo, three volumes: [1-2] [i-iv] v-vii [viii] ix-xiii [xiv-xvi]  2-486 [487-488: blank]; [i-x] xi-xiv [xv-xvi]  2-575 [576: blank]; [i-x] xi-xiv [xv-xvi]  2-477 [478-480: blank], 182 illustrations from designs by Alexandre Ferdinandus (pseudonym of Ferdinand Avenet), title pages printed in red and black, original green cloth, printed paper labels affixed to spine panels, all edges untrimmed. Later edition. A translation of LE JUIF ERRANT (1844-45). Sue "achieved great but brief celebrity as a feuilletonist in the early 1840s, when radical periodicals fielded him as the chief rival of their royalist adversaries' champion storyteller, Alexandre Dumas. His early melodramas of bloody piracy gave way to sweeping analyses of city life, paying particular attention to the criminal activities of rich and poor, like LES MYSTERES DE PARIS (1842-43). Another sprawling epic was LE JUIF ERRANT (1844-45), in which the descendants of a man who once aided the Wandering Jew are summoned to Paris to receive the fortune which has been gathering interest for centuries. The supernatural elements are symbolic, after the fashion of ABASVERUS (1833) by Edgar Quinet (1803-1895); the Jew stands for dispossessed laborers and his consort Herodias for downtrodden womankind (Sue was a feminist of sorts as well as a radical socialist)." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 904. Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 1-147 and 3-124. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1565. Jones and Newman (eds), Horror: 111 Best Books 14. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 411-12. Bleiler (1978), p. 189. Reginald 13842. Cloth worn at several corner tips, light wear at spine ends, paper labels tanned and chipped, a clean, tight, very good copy. An impressive edition of this classic. (#157055).
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