London: Chatto & Windus, 1912. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-344 + 32-page publisher's catalogue dated "911" inserted at rear, title page printed in red and black, original red cloth, spine and front panels stamped in gold, color pictorial paper inlay on front panel, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. Episodic novel set in imperial India, mostly criminal investigations of inspector Hillary, aided by the Kurumba, a fakir with genuine supernatural powers. Magical feats include clairvoyance and induced hallucinations, conjuring bats out of thin air, and giving a miscreant the soul of a monkey. Suspected were-leopard exposed as cunning murderer. Not bad, but not Kipling either. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1299. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 174. Bleiler (1978), p. 156. Reginald 11302. Hubin (1994), p. 637. Foxing to endpapers and prelims, some light rubs to front cover, edges, a bright very good plus copy. Uncommon. (13773). Item #13773

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