The Infernal Secret! or, The Invulnerable Spaniard, who was for many years termed The terror of Madrid! . . . Also, of His Ubiquity! of Power of Being in Two Places at Once: His Hellish Compact with the Powers of Darkness! and His Awful Death at the Termination of a Century. Cheap Fiction, Anonymous.

The Infernal Secret! or, The Invulnerable Spaniard, who was for many years termed The terror of Madrid! . . . Also, of His Ubiquity! of Power of Being in Two Places at Once: His Hellish Compact with the Powers of Darkness! and His Awful Death at the Termination of a Century.

Boston: Printed by and for Henry Jenkins, 1831. First American edition. Unbound pamphlet, stitched as issued, 8 x 5.75 inches, 23, [1] pages, untrimmed. A trifle toned and a little worn; in very good condition. Item #19121

An ephemeral piece of Gothic blood and thunder romance, with daggers drawn and maidens nearly outraged, the hellish villain at last dying at the stroke of midnight in the final paragraph—his flesh crumbling immediately to dust to reveal—his skeleton! One suspects the type case of the printer Jenkins (who seems otherwise unnoticed per OCLC as a publisher) likely ran low on exclamation points, ere he finished setting his text! COPAC notes a few scattered holdings of undated but contemporary London and Glasgow chapbook editions of this tale, likely one of these editions providing the source of this American edition. American Imprints 7669.

Price: $350.00

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