THE WITCH OF PRAGUE: A FANTASTIC TALE ..
1891 · London and New York
by Crawford, F[rancis] Marion
London and New York: Macmillan and Co., 1891. Octavo, pp. [1-4]  2-435 [436: blank] [437-444: ads], illustrations by W. J. Hennessy, original decorated two-part dark green and light green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in dark green and gold. First U.S. edition. The second of Crawford's two most important fantastic novels and his only novel-length horror tale. "Crawford's special talent is an ability to unleash intense, visceral horrors without compromising the poetry and suggestiveness of the overall atmosphere. In the Witch of Prague, a forgotten weird novel, the horror involves hypnotism, which is seen as more of a black art than a science ... Although THE WITCH OF PRAGUE is on the borderline of science fiction, Crawford's admirers tend to regard it as a gripping horror story, one far more immersed in black magic than in science." - Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-64. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 59. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-37. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 444. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 100-01. Bleiler (1978), p. 52. Reginald 03548. BAL 4168. Wright (III) 1290. Spine panel a bit age-darkened, light dust soiling to cloth, a solid very good, tight, internally fine copy. (#74939) (Inventory #: 74939)