"It was a dark and stormy night..."

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Works. London: George Routledge Sons, 1875-1878.

    Twenty-eight octavo volumes. Frontispieces in each volume save two, as issued.

    Custom uniform half red leather with marbled paper boards. Spines in six compartments with raised bands and gilt lettering. Marbled endpapers; top edges gilt. Overall, a near fine set showing only light edge wear, with a small gouge in the spine of one volume.

    Lord Lytton, known for coining such phrases as "the pen is mightier than the sword," "the great unwashed," and "pursuit of the almighty dollar" is perhaps best known for penning the most notorious opening line in history, "It was a dark and stormy night." These first words to his novel Paul Clifford are now used as the inspiration for the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, in which contestants are encouraged to supply overly florid first lines of imaginary novels.

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