THE SPECTRE OF THE CAMERA OR THE PROFESSOR'S SISTER: A ROMANCE. London: Chatto & Windus, 1888. Octavo, pp. [1-8]  2-246 [247: colophon] [248: blank] + 32-page publisher's catalogue dated "October, 1888" inserted at rear, original decorated blue cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in black and gold, rear panel ruled in blind, floral patterned endpapers printed in brown. First British edition. The British edition was preceded by the U.S. edition published earlier in 1888 by Belford, Clarke as THE PROFESSOR'S SISTER: A ROMANCE. The US and UK 1888 editions are both quite scarce. Hawthorne's last important neo-Gothic romance. "Hawthorne's best supernatural novel, stylistically purer than his earlier work, and less sensational than later." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 772. See Bassan, Hawthorne's Son, pp. 184-86. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 409. Bleiler (1978), p. 96. Reginald 06947A. Spine ends chipped, two chips from spine panel at rear outer joint which is also rubbed, inner hinges cracked, a reading copy. A very scarce book in need of TLC and deserving restoration. (#165775).
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