First edition, first printing published 1927 by Faber & Gwyer, London.

Book: Vg, 317pp. Publisher's original black cloth with blind stamped titles and borders to the upper board, red titles to the spine. Very light wear to the corners and pushing to spine tips, spine has dulled a little but the red titles are clearly visible, the black cloth is very clean (black usually suffers badly). Foxing to the block and prelim's, sporadic foxing throughout (this is heavier to the first few pages front and rear.) Tightly bound and attractive copy of a rare title, the US edition is far more common. 

 

* An Englishwoman, Christine who has been serving as a paid travelling companion, is fired whilst in Biarritz and invited to stay at the castle of Countess de Gorostegui, (surely not a wise move.) Unknown to her, the countess is a powerful witch who uses folkloristic magic and doll magic which she is using to kill her husband. Weirdness and supernaturalism abound within the castle walls , including a scene where the protagonist narrowly avoids being sacrificed in order to provide blood for a magic ceremony. In an attempt to escape Christine meets and is protected by Miguel Duhalde, a devil who resides in a subterranean cavern filled with treasures. He wields much supernatural power including will control, evocation of the past and can control magical energy. Fighting ensues between the witches and the devil worshippers, and magic powers of all kinds are wielded, with scenes of witch burning and the return of the ghost of Duhalde. Essentially a Gothic Romance with much supernaturalism to feast on. 

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