DORRINGTON, ALBERT & A.G. STEPHENS. - The Lady Calphurnia Royal.
London, Mills & Boon 1909. Octavo publisher's red cloth; with ten pages of publisher's adverts at the end. A used but reasonably decent copy. ¶ First edition, colonial library issue, of this cosmopolitan Australian thriller, later retitled 'Our Lady of Darkness', the first of the new Thrilling Adventure Library series. Revenge and opium fuel the Lady Calphurnia as she circles the world in a drug induced nightmare attended by her enslaved Chinese dwarf, mute servant girl, the embalmed corpse of her husband, and her fair daughter. Throw in an outback Queensland station, a wrongly convicted prisoner in Noumea that Calphurnia hasn't punished enough, and his fair son and you are well into chapter three.AUD 300.00 [Appr.: EURO 212.25 US$ 229.27 | £UK 185 | JP¥ 25479] Book number 9552
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