The Snake Lady and Other Stories. Vernon Lee, Horace Gregory, Violet Page, Intro.

The Snake Lady and Other Stories

Very Good / Good. Item #000704

New York: Grove Press, 1954. First American Edition Thus. Octavo; 288pp. Modernist dust jacket by Roy Kuhlman in pink, black, army green, and white. Black boards with ochre cloth spine, spine lettering in pink, white and black; front panel has pink ornament and blind embossed screen of horizontal ribs. Endpapers of pink rice paper with embedded gold flecks. Top edge of textblock stained black.

Dust jacket edges and corners worn; a couple closed tears from top of back panel (1"-1 1/2"), and larger chips from crown and foot of dust jacket spine; 1/2" missing chip at foot. Boards very good but small triangle of black paper missing from the top back corner. Textblock evenly age-toned throughout, but clean and unmarked.

Violet Page, a.k.a. Vernon Lee, was a follower, and practitioner, of Walter Pater's aestheticism. Her supernatural tales are florid, yes, but with spooky turns and effects that tiptoe beyond Henry James's coyness toward H.P. Lovecraft. Her occult Beyond is "the sphere of the love of those we have not loved enough in life." Sigh.

Price: $45.00