A Study of Destiny

De Hamong, [Count] Leigh (pseudonym of Louis de Hamon, a.k.a. "Cheiro")

Editorial: Saxon & Co., London, 1898
Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: Robert Eldridge, Bookseller (Elizabethtown, NY, Estados Unidos de America)

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De Hamong, [Count] Leigh (pseudonym of Louis de Hamon, a.k.a. "Cheiro"). A Study of Destiny. London: Saxon & Co., Publishers, n.d. [1898]. First edition. Octavo, pp. [i-ix] x-xx [21] 22-156 [157-160: ads]. Original black pictorial cloth, spine and front panels stamped in white. Published the same year in the U.S. by F. T. Neely as The Hand of Fate, or A Study of Destiny. The present edition has a striking cover design of a serpent weaving in and out of the hand-lettered title. Contemporary ink ownership signature on front free endpaper, and another unrelated small blind-stamped ownership stamp there as well. Bottom corner tips rubbed, cloth dull, generally, a very good copy. The pulpy text block is uniformly tanned at the margins. Difficult book to find in sharp condition; the paper defects are endemic. #141. $300. Occult romance of a bosom-serpent, quite literally, the result of a yogi's curse; references to prenatal influences resulting in bizarre deformities. Author better known as Cheiro, noted palmist and occultist." - Robert Knowlton. This novel was selected for reprinting as the second volume in the University of Tampa's Insistent Visions series in 2006. In his introduction to that edition, Sean Donnelly points out that the author was born in Ireland as William John Warner, possibly of gypsy parentage. He later claimed to have been kidnapped by gypsies. That, as well as his later aristocratic title, mostly likely were self-promotional concoctions of the man, who made his living primarily as a palm-reader whose clients included celebrities, and as an author of non-fictional works on the occult. This is his only novel. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 66. Reginald 06725. N° de ref. de la librería 141

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Título: A Study of Destiny

Editorial: Saxon & Co., London

Año de publicación: 1898

Encuadernación: Hardback

Condición del libro: Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: No Jacket

Edición: First Edition.

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When I began my bookselling business in 1996 I called it "Eldritch Books" because that adjective at least partly covered the type of material I offered (and because its similarity to my own surname seemed so -- eldritch). "Ghost stories" would be another handy, if somewhat reductive, term. Most of it is fiction from the 19th and early 20th century with a strong emphasis on the fantastic. Since the most familiar and relevant genre terms in use today -- "science fiction," "fantasy," "supernatural," "horror" -- were not so much in use when these books were first published, pegging them that way can be anachronistic. But that should give you the general idea. I don't have much in the way of American pulp (either in magazine or specialty press book form) but otherwise my interests range widely from high-brow to middle-brow to low-brow to amateur/eccentric. You're more likely to find rare and obscure works here than high spots. (Or at least they're obscure now, whatever their status was when first published.) In 2001 I went to work for L. W. Currey as cataloguer and general assistant. Since 2014 I've been back working on my own. I have exhibited at convention fairs (such as WFC and Readercon) in the past. I began collecting and studying antiquarian fantasy around 1980. Some of my essays have appeared in genre publications such as NYRSF, Wormwood and F&SF. I tend to carefully research my inventory and write extensive notes. (If another dealer wishes to make use of any of these notes, I'd appreciate the courtesy of putting such excerpts in quotes and giving proper attribution to me. That's what I do when I quote from any of my reference works.) I will be gradually listing my inventory on ABE over the coming years. I hope you find something of interest.

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