A MYSTERY OF THE CAMPAGNA and A SHADOW ON A WAVE
Edition: First US Edition
New York: Cassell Publishing Company, 1891. Narrow octavo. Original light brown fexible cloth boards decorated and lettered in brown on front cover and spine. Fore and bottom edges rough trimmed. pp (4), 203. Partially cracked inner hinges very neatly repaired; old Boston bookseller's ticket at front; light tanning to page edges; spine very lightly darkened and book just a mite leaned; else a VG+ clean, tight, unworn and attractive copy, no owner names.The third volume in the publisher's "The Unknown Library" series. Published in London by Fisher Unwin in 1891 as no. 3 in "The Pseudonymn Library". Bleiler p. 201 (vampires and ghosts). Reginald 14731. Ann von Rabe was the elder sister of the popular novelist F. Marion Crawford. A MYSTERY OF THE CAMPAGNA is a noted vampire story. "A novelette and a short novel, respectively. In the former, operatic composer falls victim to classical lamia, very reminiscent in plot and treatment to Gautier's vampiresses. 'A Shadow on a Wave' non-supernatural, love and death in Venice, an artist's obsession with beautiful unattainable subject. "- Robert Knowlton. A scarce and somewhat fragile edition.