DOWN THERE (LA BAS) ... Translated by Keene Wallis. New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1924. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 1-317 [318: blank], original black cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, top edge stained red. First edition in English. Translation of LA-BAS (1891). A "horror masterpiece, the first to examine the phenomenon of modern Satanism... French author, the quintessential exponent of decadence in literature. As a cultural innovator and stylist, has probably exerted as definitive an influence on horror fiction in this century as Hoffmann and Poe did in the last." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 215. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-43. Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 1-74. Bleiler (1978), p. 106. Reginald 07674. Connolly, The Modern Movement: 100 Key Books from England, France and America 1880-1950 #10. Partial hairline crack along inner front hinge which is still holding tight, several small red stains (offset from jacket?) along fore-edge of front free endpaper, a very good copy in good pictorial dust jacket with shallow chipping along the upper spine end extending slightly into the upper right edge of the rear panel, upper corner tips worn, and light fade to spine panel. Still a nice copy. A scarce book in jacket. (#165150).
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