A BELEAGUERED CITY BEING A NARRATIVE OF CERTAIN RECENT EVENTS IN THE CITY OF SEMUR, IN THE DEPARTMENT OF THE HAUTE BOURGOGNE: A STORY OF THE SEEN AND THE UNSEEN.

London: Macmillan and Co., 1900. Early Reprint. Octavo, publisher's original red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and blind, rear panel stamped in blind, top edge untrimmed. pp. [i-vii] viii [1] 2-267 [268: blank] [269-270: ads] [271-272: blank]. 1881 gift inscription at the top right corner of the half title page. Some waterstrikes to rear panel, inner hinges with hairline cracks but still holding tiht, light wear to cloth at extremities; a good, sound copy. Item #313442

¶ One of Oliphant's most celebrated titles, a supernatural tale of a provincial city besieged by the undead. "... the most completely sustained of all her longer tales, A BELEAGUERED CITY stands at the peak of Oliphant's art. Written fifteen years after the shock of her daughter's death, it underscores the obsessive concerns of her supernatural fiction, almost all of which presents in dramatic form the insistent hope and prayer that beyond this life there is a territory of the Unseen, where the Dead are enabled to work out their ultimate Christianized salvation, and these Dead continue to care for us who remain here in the Seen, though they may be able to communicate only with innocents and children." - Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, pp. 263-4. See Sadleir 1846 & Wolff 5222 for the first edition [1880].

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