1891 Rare First Edition - Ghost Story - Cecilia De Noel by Lanoe Falconer, pseudonym of Mary Elizabeth Hawker.
Author: Lanoe Falconer, pseudonym of Mary Elizabeth Hawker.
Title: Cecilia De Noel
Publisher: London and New York, Macmillan and Co., 1891. First Edition.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 7.5" X 5".
Pages: 216 pages + publisher's catalog.
Binding: Very good original binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown, spine faded - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content: Near fine content (bright, tight and clean, small antique Boston bookseller stamp on the first endpaper - as shown).
Estimate: (USD 200 - USD 250).
The book: "Rare First Edition of Cecilia De Noel. The novel delves into themes of faith, skepticism, and the nature of the supernatural. Through its characters, it explores various attitudes toward the existence of ghosts and the afterlife. The story also touches upon the Victorian era's tension between religious faith and the increasing influence of scientific rationalism.
Cecilia de Noël" revolves around the mysterious events that transpire when a group of people, each with their own distinct perspectives on the supernatural, converge at the country home of Sir George and Lady Atherley. Lady Atherley, a deeply religious woman, is concerned about the alleged ghostly occurrences in the house and invites a skeptical atheist, Mr. Lyndsay, to investigate. The house also hosts other guests, including Cecilia de Noël, a delicate and enigmatic woman with a gift for seeing and communicating with the other side."
The author: Mary Elizabeth Hawker (28 January 1848 – 16 June 1908) was a Scottish-born writer of short fiction. From 1890, she wrote under the pseudonym Lanoe Falconer. She is best remembered for her ghost stories and poignant tales. Her works are imbued with a deft touch, drawing on her experiences and observations from her travels. "Cecilia De Noel," one of her most celebrated works, exemplifies her expertise in blending the supernatural with the human psyche, a hallmark of her storytelling style. Despite a relatively brief literary career, Hawker's contributions to English literature, particularly in the domain of ghost stories, have left a lasting impression.
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