1903 The Jewel of Seven Stars
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First Edition, Publishers' Original Binding
The Jewel of Seven Stars tells the story of a young archaeologist, Malcolm Ross, who attempts to revive the ancient Egyptian mummy, Queen Tera. During this process, Queen Tera possesses Malcolm's love interest, Margaret.
Written by renowned gothic horror writer, Bram Stoker, most famous for his prolific novel Dracula.
The first edition of this work, which includes the later omitted Chapter XVI ('Powers - Old and New') and the original ending in which Malcolm performs an experiment to stop Queen Tera from possessing his love interest, Margaret; however, this experiment fails and Margaret, along with all of Malcolm's academic companions, die. The later, 1912 edition of this work included an altered ending in which Queen Tera dies and Malcolm and Margaret get married.
An important theme of this novel is the new versus old woman, which coincides with the rise of feminism in the twentieth century. The original ending, in which Queen Tera (representing the 'new woman') escapes her male captors and Margaret (representing the 'old woman') dies, is evident of this theme.
Containing a previous owner's small gift ink inscription to the front free-endpaper, dated 1914.
In the publisher's original cloth binding. Externally, generally sound, with some shelf wear and bumping to the head and tail of the spine and extremities. Cloth splitting to the tail of the front joint, and darkening to the spine. Containing a previous owner's small gift ink inscription to the front free-endpaper, dated 1914. Internally, front hinge lightly strained, remaining binding firm. Spotting to the first and last few pages, and age-toning to the extremities of the pages throughout, otherwise pages are clean.
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