The Tyranny of the Dark
London and New York: Harper Brothers, 1905. From the Bart Auerbach Collection. 8vo. With eight illustrations. Original pictorial blue cloth with a grotesque bat vignette in light blue and black on front cover, gilt-lettered. Spine dull, some extreme edges a trifle rubbed. Item #409385
First English edition. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to "Israel Zangwill with the [greetings?] of the author Hamlin Garland, The Players Club. April 24." A very good copy. Bleiler, p. 79 (coded V8 for Spiritualism). (BA) Zangwill (1864-1926) was a British author and leading figure of cultural Zionism in the 19th century (he was a close associate of Theodor Herzl). He also wrote mystery novels, such as 'The Big Bow Mystery' (1892), often cited as the first locked room mystery novel.