JOHN PARMELEE'S CURSE. London, Paris, New York & Melbourne: Cassell & Company, Limited, n.d. . Octavo, pp. [7-9] 10-270 [note: text complete despite gap in pagination] + 16-page publisher's catalogue dated "8.86" on page  inserted at rear, original bevel-edged red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, cream coated endpapers. First British edition. The title refers to the curse of opium addiction. A small-town bank cashier takes to drugs and drifts to New York City. "There are almost no redeeming features to this poor piece of pot-boiling melodrama. It may be noted that Hawthorne again attacks the big city as symbol and agency of corruption and idealizes the small town." - Bassan, Hawthorne's Son, pp. 154-155. Day, The Supplemental Checklist of Fantastic Literature, p. 39 (citing the later Mershon edition). Glover and Green, Victorian Detective Fiction 235. Wright (III) 2590. Spine lean, spine panel faded and tanned, a very good copy. A scarce edition of this book. (#165774).
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