THE DOCTOR'S SECRET. By "Rita." Rita, formerly Mrs. Karl Otto Edmund Booth (or von Booth Eliza Margaret Jane Gollan [Mrs. W. Desmond Humphreys.

THE DOCTOR'S SECRET. By "Rita." New York: George Munro's Sons, Publishers, 17 to 27 Vandewater Street, n.d. [1889, i.e. 1908?]. Small octavo, pp. [3-7] 8-182 [183-194: ads] [complete despite gap in pagination], original white wrappers printed in light blue, dark blue and black. Later edition. Issued as "Seaside Library Pocket Edition," number 1491, dated 19 July 1889. An American piracy; publisher's advertisements at the rear date this printing circa 1908. This short novel was first published in 1890 by F. V. White & Co. A occult novel with mesmerism, telepathy, mind control, possession, clairvoyance, astral projection, drugs, dual personality, ghosts and more. Mrs. Humphreys's considerable output of romantic fiction mainly targeted female library subscribers. In his foreword to Her RECOLLECTIONS OF A LITERARY LIFE (1936) Philip Gibbs described Humphreys as "a born storyteller." In later life she became a keen follower of Madame Blavatsky (1831-1891) and ardently devoted to the tenets of Theosophy. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 95 (citing the Hurst and Blackett 1905 edition). Hubin (1994), p. 684. A very good copy. There were many editions and printings of this book, All are scarce now. (#156573).

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