Translated from the German by S. Guy Endore. Illustrated by Mahlon Blaine.New York: The John Day Company, 1929 Stock Code: 123320
With a Blaine sketch to his friend, patron, and famed magician, Joseph DunningerFirst edition in English, first printing, inscribed by the illustrator with an original signed drawing in pencil and green pen to the second half-title, signed "for Dunninger, Mahlon Blaine 1936", depicting a demon pulling a mandrake-like woman from a hat.
The recipient Joseph Dunninger (1892-1975) was one of the foremost magicians and mentalists of the time, making this a fine association copy given the book's occultist subject matter. Dunninger was a close friend and influential patron of Blaine's, from whom he commissioned many pieces of Blaine's famed erotica, as well as hiring Blaine as a book illustrator for his popular works on magic tricks.
The translator, S. Guy Endore, was the author of the 1933 novel The Werewolf in Paris, perhaps the most influential piece of werewolf fiction. Ewer's novel was originally published in Germany in 1911, fusing mandrake folklore with the science fiction element of artificial insemination to produce the sexually magnetic protagonist Alraune.
Octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt with red ornament, gilt, red and black illustration to front cover, pictorial endpapers, top edge red. With dust jacket.
Original illustration, frontispiece and 11 full-page black and white illustrations by Mahlon Blaine.
Spine ends and top edge lightly bumped. An excellent copy in the dust jacket, slightly soiled, a few short closed tears, spine panel faded, spot of abrasion and chip to rear cover, slightly chipped at extremities.
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