First thus, published in 1926 by The Bodley Head (First published by Alston Rivers 1909)
Book: VG+, 352pp. Green cloth with black stamped titles and designs to the upper board and spine. Very lights wear to the corners and pushing to the spine tips. The boards are very clean and fresh, the titles bold. Light foxing to the block and prelim's and toning to the endpapers, previous owner's inscription to the ffep. A solid, square copy.
Jacket: Vg, The original pictorial jacket illustration to the upper panel is incredibly strong and atmospheric, one of my absolute favourites. Small loss to the top of the front panel (affecting only the white border) and small loss to the top of the spine (losing the BL of Black) priced at 3/6 net, chipping to the hinge corners and a couple of small closed tears which have been secured to the verso with archival japanese tape. The flaps and spine are wonderfully clean, the spine is unusually bright and fresh, light age soiling to the lower panel. Very difficult title in the jacket.
*Based on the Renaissance legend of Pope Joan, Bowen's first novel concerns black magic, satanism, witchcraft and transvestism. Listed in every major genre bibliography, It is a cornerstone novel for any collector of Supernatural and Weird Fiction