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TOWNLEY, Houghton. - Bedazzled. A novel. Seventh thousand.

 1536450281,
London, Trischler 1891. Octavo publisher's colour printed wrapper (small chip from the top edge). A rather good copy. ¶ Seventh thousand but likely the first edition as Trischler - which started life as the Hansom Cab Publishing Company - were given to throwing numbers around. The BL, which is the only library I can find that definitely has a copy, has digitised theirs and it is also the seventh thousand. Unless someone has seen a copy with no such claim on the title I'm going to claim this as the original printing. I think this is Townley's first novel, and he was fairly young, which might explain the overwrought sensational tale of a doctor willing to murder for science; the secret society; the ill fated beautiful and mysterious French actress ... The critics were not kind: "a most extraordinary sketch, which it were unkind to examine too closely." (The Academy). "A shilling sensational story with somewhat more substance in it than is usually the case" (The Bookseller). "There is something of originality in the story; but it is not particularly pleasant reading." (The Literary World). Just the sort of reviews to make a book irresistible.
AUD 375.00 [Appr.: EURO 243.25 US$ 263.48 | £UK 213.5 | JP¥ 34327] Book number 10979

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