Item #71971 THE CAMERA FIEND. E. W. Hornung.


New York: Scribner's Sons, 1911. First U.S. edition. From the creator of the gentleman thief A. J. Raffles, a story about an asthmatic teenage boy in the clutches of a mad scientist bent on photographing the soul as it leaves the body -- by any means necessary. Perhaps of interest to note is that Hornung’s brother-in-law, Arthur Conan Doyle, was a famous proponent of spiritualism, which was all the rage at the time, and later wrote a book defending “spirit photography” in general though not in this extreme, THE CASE FOR SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHY (1922). Iconic cover art of a sinister-looking photographer peering wild-eyed from behind a box camera that obscures the rest of his face. 8vo red cloth boards stamped in black and white on front and in gilt and black on spine; illustrated with 6 plates including the tissue-protected frontis; 346 pages. Near fine.
Item #71971

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