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The Discovery of the Dead.
The Discovery of the Dead.

The Discovery of the Dead.

First edition with the publisher’s dramatic Art Nouveau-inspired binding showing a necromorph pointing to the message: “Wir sind die Todten”—We are the Dead.

From Curry 91:5152, who cite the following references: “Scientific romance utilizing occult doctrines in a novel manner. Russian savant detects and communicates with ‘necromorphs,’ human survivals who reveal a spiritual hierarchy in the Beyond roughly analogous to Hell, Limbo and Heaven. Ideas not original, but presentation strikingly so.”—R. S. Hadji. “Cleverly narrated.” —Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1617. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 216. Ashley, Who’s Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 174. Reginald 14390.

Credited with coining the word “scientology,” Upward was a lawyer, a volunteer during the Greco-Turkish War (1897), and a writer of fiction, non-fiction, and verse. His imagist verse appeared in Poetry and he was praised by Ezra Pound “for championing the ‘cause of the sensitive’—the prophet or artist who is ahead of his or her time.” (Kemp, Mitchell, Trotter) Upward was known for his crime and espionage novels, occult and fantasy tales, and other popular fiction. The Secret History of Today: Being Revelations of a Diplomatic Spy (1904) was his most successful work.

Description: The Discovery of the Dead.

London: A.C. Fifield, 1910. Small Octavo. 190, [2 (ads.)], [16 (catalog)]pp. Hardcover in cloth and without rare dustwrapper. Bright gilt lettering; trifle binding wear; fore-edges of some pages with briefest of wear; very good or better.


Price: $650.00

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