(#170336) THE IMAGE IN THE SAND. Benson.

THE IMAGE IN THE SAND. London: William Heinemann, 1905. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-334 [335-336: blank], original pictorial tan cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in black and brown, publisher's monogram stamped in black on rear panel, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First edition. "A fully developed Edwardian novel in which an archaeologist and dabbler in the occult releases an evil demon from an amulet, thinking to control it, but the demon winds up possessing the soul of his daughter, who becomes an instrument in the hands of another occultist. The plot almost seems almost like an inversion of The Tempest (Caliban outwits Prospero and tales control of Miranda)." - Robert Eldridge. "The supernatural plot is fairly strong and sensational, despite some concessions to stylish romance, but it is swamped by an enormously overdeveloped novel of manners." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 138. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-115 (comparing this to the supernatural fiction of Mrs. Campbell Praed). Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 106. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 67. Bleiler (1978), p. 21. Reginald 01130. Tiny, faint stain on front cover, a very good copy. A superior, much nicer copy than usually found, should you be lucky to find one. This British Heinemann edition is much harder to find than the American Lippincott edition. {#170336).

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