Leyburn, North Yorkshire: Tartarus Press. 2001. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Octavo. Bound in grey linson boards, spine lettering gilt, front panel lettering and pictorial panel in dark red, dark red endpapers, head-and tail-bands, dark red satin bookmark. Pictorial title page in imitation of the Keynotes Series. 265 pp. Issued in a limited edition of 300 numbered copies, but there were problems with the blocking of the boards, the printing and the binding which caused one half of the run to be rejected. Therefore, copies were only numbered up to 150; this is copy No. 133. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Fine in Dust Jacket. Item #311238
¶ A decadent fantasy novel of personality transfer by psychic powers - powers which gradually drain the life-force from the victim. THE PRINCESS DAPHNE by Edward Heron-Allen (who later wrote fantasies under the "Christopher Blayre" by-line) was first published in the USA in 1888 by Belford, Clarke & Co, and reprinted in London by Drane in 1889. The book has long been a legendary rarity, and copies have been virtually unobtainable. This new edition has a new Foreword: 'Edward Heron-Allen: The Determined Dilettante" by R.B. Russell & Rosalie Parker, the Afterword 'Notes Upon the Literary, Scientific, and Artistic Activities of Edward Heron-Allen, F.R.S., Extacted From His Diariesand Other Documents by Cristopher Blayre Ph.D., D.Litt", plus a Bibliography of the author's works and portraits of both Heron-Allen and Selina Dolaro. Often described as a tale of psychic vampirism, Princess Daphne is also a story of "mesmerism, dopplegangers and metem-psychosis."