(#173092) THE MALABAR MAGICIAN. Penny.

THE MALABAR MAGICIAN. London: Chatto & Windus, 1912. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-344 + 32-page publisher's catalogue dated "911" inserted at rear, title page printed in red and black, original red cloth, spine and front panels stamped in gold, color pictorial paper inlay on front panel, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. A presentation copy signed by Penny to a family member, dated March 1912, on the front free endpaper. Episodic novel set in imperial India, mostly criminal investigations of inspector Hillary, aided by the Kurumba, a fakir with genuine supernatural powers. Magical feats include clairvoyance and induced hallucinations, conjuring bats out of thin air, and giving a miscreant the soul of a monkey. In one episode a suspected were-leopard is exposed as cunning murderer. Not bad, but not Kipling either. One of Penny's 44 works of fiction, most or all of which are set in India. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1299. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 174. Bleiler (1978), p. 156. Reginald 11302. Hubin (1994), p. 637. Gupta 1565. Just a hint of fade to spine panel, a bright, very good copy. (#173092).

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