A CONJUROR OF PHANTOMS. John William Harding.

A CONJUROR OF PHANTOMS. London, New York: F. Tennyson Neely, Publisher, [1898]. Octavo, pp. [3-7] 8-177 [178-194: publisher's ads] [note: text complete despite gap in pagination], original crimson cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and silver. First edition. A short novel written in a lively style set in downtown New York (or Chelsea, as it's currently known), its hero an independent young man of such refined aesthetic sensibilities that he can "conjure phantoms." The story involves jewels, pawn brokers, rare books, crimes, a magic herb, and an eccentric and possibly immortal man. The author went on to write another half dozen novels, mostly novelizations of Broadway plays. "... a minor classic." - Stuart Teitler. Reginald 06769. Day, The Supplemental Checklist of Fantastic Literature, p. 39. Hubin (1994), p. 372. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Cloth worn at spine ends, corner tips rubbed and turned in, tiny water strike on front panel, inner hinges repaired, a good copy. Scarce in trade. (#167319).

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