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HAGGARD, H. Rider.

Stella Fregelius.

A Tale of Three Destinies.

Published: London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1904

Stock code: 106653

Price: £875

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First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author “To Sir Oliver Lodge, from H. Rider Haggard, In recollection a very interesting evening, 1. Feb: 1904” on his Ditchingham House letterhead mounted to the front pastedown, together with the ink-stamp of “F. Brodie Lodge, Floore House” to the initial blank, above a manuscript note reading “Ex Normanton Library, October 1940”. Lodge was a noted physicist who made important contributions to the study of electricity and radio waves though became increasingly discredited owing to his stubborn advocacy of the ether theory, and in particular “through its application in his later books to psychical matters and to the spiritualism with which this had become increasingly associated” (ODNB). He eventually became President of the Society for Psychical Research and found a friend in Rider Haggard, who “more than dabbled in spiritualism, believed in reincarnation, and sought answers to the meaning of life in the world’s ancient myths” (idem). Francis Brodie Lodge was Oliver’s second son and had a successful career as an electrical engineer. Normanton House, near Lake in Wiltshire, was the Lodge family home. Ditchingham was the Norfolk estate of Rider Haggard’s wife, Louisa Magritson, and though the couple were married in 1880, it was only with the publication of She in 1887 that the author was able to buy out the tenants and make Ditchingham his home. Stella Fregelius was first published in the US the previous year.

Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and within single-fillet frame to front cover in gilt, black surface-paper endpapers. Spine rolled, corners bumped, a few small faint marks to covers, front free endpaper with a minor chip to fore edge and discreet ownership inscription to verso. An excellent, fresh copy.

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