Very Good. Item #8245
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers, 1895. First Edition. Small 12mo (15cm.); publisher's grey-green pictorial cloth stamped in dark blue and pink; ,147pp.; frontispiece. Light shelf wear, corners gently bumped, hairline crack to front hinge, title page cleanly separating about an inch down from top along gutter, contemporary ownership signature to front pastedown, else Very Good and sound.
First and only edition of the English author's fictional portrait of a mixed-race marriage between a white woman and the son of an African king. Unsurprisingly, the contemporary reviewer for Munsey's Magazine deemed the story, while "wholly free from actual immorality...undoubtedly the most revolting piece of fiction that has left the press of a reputable house in many a long day." The reviewer also did not approve of the heroine drinking a goblet of perfume.