GROSSE, Carl (1768-1847) SUMMERS, Montague - Introduction (1880-1948)

THE HORRID MYSTERIES

A Story from the German of The Marquis of Grosse

London : Robert Holden & Co., 1927.

Two volumes. Crown 8vo (195 mm); xxvi, (2), 268 + 231 pp; half-titles present in each vol; original pictorial boards, tips of corners bumped and light rubbing to edges of the spines. A...

A Story from the German of The Marquis of Grosse

London : Robert Holden & Co., 1927.

Two volumes. Crown 8vo (195 mm); xxvi, (2), 268 + 231 pp; half-titles present in each vol; original pictorial boards, tips of corners bumped and light rubbing to edges of the spines. A...

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A Story from the German of The Marquis of Grosse

London : Robert Holden & Co., 1927.

Two volumes. Crown 8vo (195 mm); xxvi, (2), 268 + 231 pp; half-titles present in each vol; original pictorial boards, tips of corners bumped and light rubbing to edges of the spines. A bright set of this classic German Gothic novel translated by Peter Will and with a lengthy introduction.

The Horrid Mysteries, subtitled “A Story From the German Of The Marquis Of Grosse” is a translation of the German Gothic novel “Der Genius” by Carl Grosse. It was first published in English by the Minerva Press in 1796. This two-volume edition features a new, introductory essay, by Montague Summers, and luridly illustrated pictorial boards depicting a seriously spooked couple surrounded by monstrous figures in cowls and holding burning torches. The back boards feature a period-style advert for Pears' Soap.

The plot, in its most basic form, has our hero, the Marquis of Grosse, caught up in a secret revolutionary society which advocates murder and mayhem in pursuit of a form of Communism. He creates a rival society to combat them and finds himself hopelessly trapped between the two antagonistic forces. The book has been both praised and lambasted for its lurid portrayal of sex, violence and barbarism. HP Lovecraft, for example, dismissed it, and other like it, as “... the dreary plethora of trash”.

A Story from the German of The Marquis of Grosse

London : Robert Holden & Co., 1927.

Two volumes. Crown 8vo (195 mm); xxvi, (2), 268 + 231 pp; half-titles present in each vol; original pictorial boards, tips of corners bumped and light rubbing to edges of the spines. A bright set of this classic German Gothic novel translated by Peter Will and with a lengthy introduction.

The Horrid Mysteries, subtitled “A Story From the German Of The Marquis Of Grosse” is a translation of the German Gothic novel “Der Genius” by Carl Grosse. It was first published in English by the Minerva Press in 1796. This two-volume edition features a new, introductory essay, by Montague Summers, and luridly illustrated pictorial boards depicting a seriously spooked couple surrounded by monstrous figures in cowls and holding burning torches. The back boards feature a period-style advert for Pears' Soap.

The plot, in its most basic form, has our hero, the Marquis of Grosse, caught up in a secret revolutionary society which advocates murder and mayhem in pursuit of a form of Communism. He creates a rival society to combat them and finds himself hopelessly trapped between the two antagonistic forces. The book has been both praised and lambasted for its lurid portrayal of sex, violence and barbarism. HP Lovecraft, for example, dismissed it, and other like it, as “... the dreary plethora of trash”.

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