MUSK, HASHISH AND BLOOD H. France Ltd Ed 500 Copies for Subscribers 1900 Illust
Publisher: The Walpole Company, London (1900)
Limited edition and original run of 500 copies printed for subscribers only, first edition, first printing of "Musk, Hashish and Blood, with 22 Etchings" by Hector France from 1900. In overall excellent condition. The boards and binding are solid and tight with light shelf-wear. The pages and illustrations are crisp and generally clean save for heavy toning on the first blank page and the last blank page, as well as sporadic foxing on a few of the pages. Please see below for more info on this fascinating and rare book.
Review from Goodreads
Hector France lived an adventurous life, and wrote about it with style and gusto. One reason "Musk Hashish and Blood" never saw the equivalent of a mass market edition during France's lifetime is because France felt, perhaps with some cause, that many of the things he described would have sent his Victorian readership into shock -- and yet there is a certain romance to be discovered amid the exquisitely-described barbarism, an exoticism that cannot be found in today's world, that makes this book a fitting entry in the Library. It was for this reason why only 500 copies were printed in England and then in an equally small edition in the United States 40 years later.