BLACK MAGIC: A Tale of the Rise and Fall of Antichrist by Marjorie Bowen. First edition , first printing published in 1909 by Alston Rivers, London.
390pp + Publisher’s Catalogue Bound In at the rear. Good+ Original Illustrated black cloth with gilt titles to the upper board and spine. Corners are bumped/cloth scuffed, scuffs and light chipping to the spine tips, there is a light crack running the length of the spine (it’s a small, stocky book bulking at nearly two inches hence the fine split) some light wear to the gilt titles otherwise the black cloth has retained deep colour. Contents are tightly bound, light foxing to the prelim’s, toning throughout, the catalogue to the verso has darker toning it is printed on thinner paper stock. A scarce volume which usually suffers badly due to the bulkiness.
‘Black Magic’ was Bowen’s first Weird Novel and is considered to be one of the superlative works concerning Witchcraft and Satanism. Sullivan said of it “a rousing historical melodrama in which the sorceress Ursula becomes Pope Joan, and very nearly the Antichrist. It remains one of the best diabolist thrillers”. In ‘Wonder and Terror” Fritz Leiber refers to “Marjorie Bowen’s brilliant Black Magic” and Horror reviewer Robert Hadji described Bowen as "one of the great supernatural writers of this century" Covered in all major genre bibliographies and an unquestionable Weird Witchcraft Cornerstone.