A Lost Name

By: J Sheridan Le Fanu

Price: £2,750.00

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First Edition. 8vo. Three volumes, bound in full maroon morocco, titled and decorated in gilt to spines. A twentieth century binding, solid, strong and eminently practical, although a trifle barbarous in the niceties. Marbled endpapers, internally clean, mercifully free of all but the lightest spotting to prelims, a very good copy indeed. As was a habit with Le Fanu, A Lost Name is a reworking of two earlier stories; "The Evil Guest" from 1851's deliriously beautiful "Ghost Stories & Tales of Mystery", and the earlier and rather more sketchy "Some Account of The Latter Days of the Hon. Richard Marston of Dunoran." Le Fanu, rather enjoyably and indeed, unsurprisingly, was often inspired by himself. As ever, the tone is perfect, the characterisation deep (mostly, Le Fanu seems to have a problem with clerical types, they tend to be the mid 19th century wikipedia entry for "Insipid and ineffectual." in the midst of all the swirling intrigue and atmosphere), there's a murder, a femme fatale (an excellent one!), a dark prophecy, and the careful dancing on the marshy borderland of what constitutes reality, and what constitutes otherworldly weird. Put simply, Le Fanu is the best. Plus, this: "Many fat, good humoured fellows smile at hell, if they do not sneer. And many bad men class it with Styx and Tartarus - a bugbear and a fable. Eating drinking, dozing, comfortable friend! Willing to take a luxurious view of your Creator, and make the day of Judgement a good natured sham. God is good, you say; it cannot fare so ill with us. He is the God of love and mercy, and of every pleasant thing. Alas! And most certainly he is also the God of every Evil thing - the God of Pain, of Madness, and of Death. Look around on the gloom of this transitory world. If here and there is a broken light of Heaven, are there glimmerings and shadows of Hell? Are there not the hospitals, the madhouses, the prisons, the graveyards?" I'll be in my bunk. Scarce. JEK

Title: A Lost Name

Author Name: J Sheridan Le Fanu

Categories: Horror, Antiquarian & collectable,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, Richard Bentley: 1868

Type: Book

Item: 1.00 kg

Seller ID: 82075

Keywords: Horror;Antiquarian & collectable,