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DILKE, Lady Emilia Francis.

The Shrine of Death.

And other stories.

Published: London: George Routledge & Sons, 1886

Stock code: 107917

Price: £750

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First edition, trade issue, of Lady Dilke’s first work of fiction. There was also a large-paper issue of 150 copies in stiff paper wrappers. Lady Dilke is best remembered as an influential art historian and trade unionist, though she followed The Shrine of Death with The Shrine of Love (1891), and The Book of the Spiritual Life, her third and final volume of “mystical stories” (Wolff), was published posthumously in 1905.

Octavo (190 122 mm). Original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt, roundel after a scene from “The Physician’s Wife” (the third story in this volume) gilt to front board, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Housed in a custom quarter cloth solander box with marbled sides. Frontispiece reproducing design to front board, floral head- and tailpieces, figurative initials, vignette to p. 160 (all woodcuts), titles and running heads in Gothic letter, text set within oblique panels. Very slightly rubbed overall, spine gently rolled, light offsetting from woodcuts throughout, light spotting to endleaves, very occasional marginal spotting to no effect on text, surface-splitting to head of hinge between quires G and H. A very good copy.

Bibliography: Wolff 1829 for the large-paper issue

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