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    A Scarce Collection of Fantastic Fiction

    Count [Stanislaus] Eric Stenbock. Studies of Death. Romantic Tales. London: David Nutt in The Strand, 1894. First edition, Robert Ogilvie Crombie's copy with ownership signature to front endpaper. Twelvemo. [viii], [168] pages. Publisher's grey pictorial cloth over beveled-edges, spine and front board lettered and elaborately stamped in black. Backstrip and fore edges lightly tanned with faint soiling to rear cover. Near Fine. An interesting association copy of a scarce book, a collection of seven short stories and Count Stenbock's only collection of short fiction.

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    Count Eric Stanislaus (or Stanislaus Eric) Stenbock (1860-1895), poet and writer of macabre fantastic fiction, was born in England, the only son of Count Erich Stenbock (from a Swedish family of the Baltic German House of nobility, related to Immanuel Kant); his mother was Lucy Sophia Frerichs (a Manchester cotton heiress). He studied at Oxford (Balliol College) and inherited his father's estate in Estonia in 1885, becoming Eric, Count Stenbock. The author of three collections of verse, beginning in 1881; Studies of Death: Romantic Tales (1894) is his only collection of short stories and his final published work. He was associated with Cénacle, a group of literary dandies. He died in 1895 (April 26) as a result of his alcoholism and opium addiction.

    Robert Ogilvie Crombie (1899-1975), Scottish scientist and author, was born in Edinburgh and later lived in Perth. He is the author of 'The Findhorn Garden,' a book about the early history of the Findhorn Foundation (in northeast Scotland) and 'The Gentleman and the Faun: Encounters with Pan and the Elemental Kingdom' (published by the Findhorn Press in 2009). "As a scientist, hermetic magician, and a researcher of the psychic realms, [R. Ogilvie Crombie] was in many ways a key figure in the history of esotericism in the twentieth century..." [from synopsis of: 'The Occult Diaries of R. Ogilvie Crombie' by Gordon Lindsay (Lorian Press, 2011)].

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