[Karl Grosse]. Horrid Mysteries, A Story From the German of the Marquis of Grosse. London: Robert Holden & Co., 1927.

    First, thus. Two octavo volumes. xxvi, 268; 231 pages. Introductory essay on the Gothic Novel by Montague Summers.

    Publisher's exceptionally bright yellow, pink, blue and green pictorial boards. Lurid scene by Paul Rotha on front board, and a somewhat unsettling Pear's Soap ad on rear. Most pages unopened. Light offsetting to endpapers. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown of both volumes. A near fine set in chipped publisher's printed glassine wrappers.

    This famed novel, originally published by the sensationalist Minerva Press in 1796, is one of seven early Gothic "Horrid Novels" breathlessly recommended by a character in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. The book became notorious at the time for its eyebrow-raising depiction of sex, violence and overall depravity. A beautiful set of a rarely encountered title.

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