Item description for The Mysterious Hand; or, Subterranean Horrours! by Caspar Wintermans Augustus Jacob Crandolph...
The Mysterious Hand; or, Subterranean Horrours! (1811) is the story of two young lovers, Theodore Dalbert and Julia Bolton, and their attempts to escape the machinations of the diabolical Count Egfryd. Egfryd, one of the most remarkable villains in Gothic literature, is a gifted athlete, poet, and inventor, brilliant, handsome, charming - and ruthless. Angered at Theodore's negative review of the his book of poems and enamoured of Julia, Egfryd will stop at nothing to destroy his rival and possess the lovely maiden.
Egfryd's wild and improbable schemes include framing Theodore for murder, attempting to rape Julia in a hot air balloon, and finally imprisoning them both on a remote island rigged with gunpowder to blow them both to bits should they attempt to escape. Can the two lovers avoid the snares of the wily Count or will they fall victim to his inveterate malice?
A Gothic novel remarkable both for its rarity (fewer than five copies are known to survive) and its originality, The Mysterious Hand is a lost gem that will be enjoyed by readers, collectors, and specialists of Gothic fiction. And perhaps even more surprising than its unique plot are the modern views the author expresses on such issues as capital punishment, criminal justice, marriage, and sexuality. This edition includes a new introduction and notes by Caspar Wintermans as well as a reproduction of the title-page of the first edition.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.6" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2008
Publisher Valancourt Books
ISBN 1934555363 ISBN13 9781934555361
Availability 103 units. Availability accurate as of Apr 27, 2017 01:20.
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Loved it! May 28, 2008
This is an extremely rich piece of Gothic fiction. Implicitly or explicitly, it opens social and political debates. Contains some very original scenes and settings. The plot is basically about threatened love. Amateurs of the Gothic genre will surely love it. Personally, I love the cover art, the card covers, the fonts. Those are things that count when you buy a book, especially a reprint. I value this edition very much and recommend it strongly!