Scarabaeus. The Story of an African Beetle. The Marquise Clara LANZA, James Clarence HARVEY.

Scarabaeus. The Story of an African Beetle.

London: Cassell, 1892. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp. 283; 16 [advertisements]. Bound in publisher's terracotta cloth titled in gold to the spine, and attractively decorated in striking silver, gilt, and green design to front board; hooked onto the 'S' of 'Scarabaeus' are two bejeweled scarab beetles, rest of title stamped in black. Bookplate of Henry N. Shore with short poem attached to pastedown, pale floral endpapers. Cloth boards in excellent condition with limited signs of wear, a little edgeworn, all corners bumped, lightly worn along spine joints, endcaps pushed and partially frayed, title remains sharp. Internally bright and clean with some isolated spotting in places, dustiness to top edge. An errata slip has been tipped into the gutter of the first page of text, reading 'Page 265, line 15 from top, for Margate read Newgate'. This is a splendid little tale, with occasional illustration. Protagonists are met with a scarab ring of mysterious provenance, cruises on the Nile, and a man who in attempting to prove his innocence after an unfortunate night in Strasbourg; our travelling hero later requests custody of the corpse in question, in order that he might 'experiment upon it with his camera'. It seems the police forces of Europe were somewhat more relaxed in those days. Captivating – we are forced to see the mysterious affair through to the bitter end. A handsome copy. Item #37116

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