THE "ARCH ADEPT" OF THE "FIRST DEGREE" THE HINDU'S 'ASTRAL BELL" THE CURSE, THE DOOM OF MAJOR GENERAL J. B. HEATHERSTONE 'THE MYSTERY OF CLOOMBER" By A. C. D. A WEIRD INCIDENT, BASED UPON KNOWN FACTS AND THE SECRET MYSTERIES OF BUDDHIST FAITH AND ADEPTSHIP OF THE HIGHEST GRADE ... Editorship of Dr. L. W. de Laurence. Chicago: de Laurence, Scott & Co., 1910. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-250 [251-252: blank], four inserted plates with illustrations from photographs, and two pages of line drawings in the text, title page printed in red and black, original dark blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First printing of this edition. A reprint, apparently pirated, of Conan Doyle's THE MYSTERY OF CLOOMBER, first published in book form by Ward Downey in December 1888 with title page dated 1889. The publisher of this edition (from the plates of the American R. F. Fenno edition), Lauron William de Laurence (1868-1936), was the early twentieth-century equivalent of a print-on-demand publisher. He helped pioneer the sale of magical and occult books and supplies by mail order, as well as publishing and distributing books in the public domain. He was scorned by modern occultists for plagiarizing the work of Arthur Edward Waite and S. L. MacGregor Mathers. "THE MYSTERY OF CLOOMBER was written between April and July 1888. It was not among the author's favorite works as he considered it very immature ... The subject owed a lot to the sensation literature of the time, especially to Wilkie Collins, though it also reflects some of the author's interests at Southsea. The Scottish setting was based on his experiences at Edinburgh and the walking holidays he took at that time." - Green and Gibson A2 Notes. "Occult thriller about Oriental revenge, developing a theme indicated but not full exploited by Wilkie Collins' THE MOONSTONE." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 549. Gibson and Green, p. 603. Tiny spot on front cover, a fine copy. OCLC locates 4 copies. A curious, scarce edition. (#164365).
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