New York: Harper & Brothers, 1905. W.E. Mears. First Edition (NAP). Hardcover. 8vo. Navy blue cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering and striking graphic depicting a large black and blue veined bat against a backdrop full moon, with cross-tethered human hands suspended between the wings of Der Fledermaus (The Bat). Rubbing to extremities, but quite bright. Eight lovely black and white illustrations by W.E. Mears. Very Good Plus. Item #76179
A novel centered around psychics, seances, and spiritualism, drawn from the author's own forty-year career as a psychic researcher.
"All the tenderness was in his nature, all his faith in goodness . and virtue, he reserved for his home. To his wife (a woman of simple tastes and native refinement) and to his children, bright and buxom girls of twenty-odd, he was a fond and gruffly indulgent provider, making little protests over new gowns and parties. He hadno sons, and this was a hidden sorrow to him, and had the effect of centring all his paternal pride and care in his daughters. He could deny them nothing when they wheedled him, and they were nearly always hurorously and brazenly trying to 'work him,' as he called it..."