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Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh

Sheridan Le Fanu [Lefanu]
A major work of Gothic fiction still retaining its sought-after original publisher’s binding. This is the first one volume edition, published in… Read more
Published in 1865 by Richard Bentley.
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A major work of Gothic fiction still retaining its sought-after original publisher’s binding.

This is the first one volume edition, published in 1865, the year after the first edition, also by Richard Bentley. Original publisher’s green blind stamped boards, professionally reinforced along the outer hinges between spine and both boards. Gilt lettering to spine, repairs to spine tips. Original brown coated endpapers with nineteenth century bookseller’s ticket to front pastedown: ‘Deighton Bookseller Worcester’. Inner hinges also reinforced with matching brown paper. In ink the name of a Victorian owner on the half-title ‘Anniellahel[?] Dale’. A little staining to the preliminaries near the gutter. Frontispiece present; the book collates complete with its half title, frontispiece and two title pages, the first with a vignette title: [8] pp 462. Spotting and browning throughout; a handful of small paper repairs to corners and near the foreedge of page edges. Overall a very good copy. One institutional copy located in Switzerland.

This novel was Le Fanu's first success in England which was based on an earlier short story published in an Irish journal. It has probably remained his best regarded novel ever since, a work of sensation fiction according to contemporary reviewers and modern critics. It forms a part of the locked-room mystery sub-genre, rather than being a novel of the supernatural but showing a strong interest in the occult.


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Publisher Richard Bentley
Date published 1865
Product code 7528


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