(#170686) THE BELLS. Emile Erckmann, Alexandre Chatrian.

THE BELLS. Manchester: G. W. Goodwin & Son, n.d. [circa 1895]. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [1] 2-293 [294-316: ads], original pictorial mustard cloth stamped in red, brown, black and gold, yellow coated endpapers. Later edition. A cheaply made book printed on nasty pulp paper stock published as number 15 in "Goodwin's Ivy Library," priced uniformly at 2/6. Weird novella, "describing the psychological decline of a murderer" (Clute and Grant [eds], The Encyclopedia of Fantasy [1997], p. 320), a translation of "Le Juif Polonais." The title was changed for the stage version (with which Henry Irving was famously associated) and then kept for this and other editions. The bibliography of English versions of Erckmann-Chatrian is murky. Pages 157-293 comprise a separate novel, WHAT BECAME OF HIM, by Fred C. Milford. Bleiler (1978), p. 69. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 74. Several faint stains and some dust soiling to cloth, text block a bit shaken (the gatherings are sewn, but the casing is weak, so the text block is not as rigid as it should be), a very good copy of an uncommon edition of this book. (#170686).

Price: $150.00

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