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THE ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL by  Baroness ["Emmuska"] Orczy - First Edition - 1908 - from Sumner & Stillman (SKU: 14518)


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by Orczy, Baroness ["Emmuska"]

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1908. London: Hutchinson & Co., 1908. 32 pp ads dated Autumn 1908. Original blue cloth. First Edition of "these further exciting incidents in the life of the Scarlet Pimpernel during the French Revolution after the King's death" -- the sequel to Baroness Orczy's THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (play 1903, novel 1905) and I WILL REPAY (1906). Although this was the third book (of eighteen) published in this Reign-of-Terror series featuring Sir Percy Blakeney aka The Scarlet Pimpernel, it is the seventh in plot chronology. THE ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL has been adapted for the screen at least three times -- in 1919, in 1950 (as "The Fighting Pimpernel"), and in 1969. None of these is to be confused with Daffy Duck's memorable 1954 short titled "The Scarlet Pumpernickel." An oddity of this book is that in its own ad catalogue it is listed as THE ILLUSIVE PIMPERNEL. This is the Michael Sadleir copy, with his small oval bookplate on the front free endpaper; it is in fine condition (all-but-inevitable foxing on the edges of the leaves, owner's 1908 signature).


From the book:There was not even a reaction. On! ever on! in that wild, surging torrent; sowing the wind of anarchy, of terrorism, of lust of blood and hate, and reaping a hurricane of destruction and of horror. On! ever on! France, with Paris and all her children still rushes blindly, madly on; defies the powerful coalition, - Austria, England, Spain, Prussia, all joined together to stem the flow of carnage, - defies the Universe and defies God! Paris this September 1793! - or shall we call it Vendemiaire, Year I. of the Republic? - call it what we will! Paris! a city of bloodshed, of humanity in its lowest, most degraded aspect. France herself a gigantic self-devouring monster, her fairest cities destroyed, Lyons razed to the ground, Toulon, Marseilles, masses of blackened ruins, her bravest sons turned to lustful brutes or to abject cowards seeking safety at the cost of any humiliation.


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Founded in 1980, Sumner & Stillman is a small family business providing personal service in the buying and selling of literary first editions of the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) for over 30 years.


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