New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1866. First American Edition. Octavo (24cm); publisher's original printed wrappers, priced 50 cents; ,8-107, + pp ads. Professionally and skillfully re-spined, wrappers lightly edgeworn and a little dust-soiled, with a few tiny nicks and tears; a few faint spots of soil scattered in text, though on the whole, contents are remarkably clean; Very Good+.
An early novel by Le Fanu (1814-1873), originally serialized in Dublin University Magazine (February-June, 1866), published in two volumes in London by Bentley, and issued in wrappers as No.276 in Harper's Library of Select Novels. "Written in the peak years of Spiritualism...All in the Dark brings forth a way more terrifying reality than being haunted by ghosts, that is, being locked away in a lunatic asylum on the basis of one's unorthodox creed" (Blog post: Cavalli, Valeria. '[S]he is in a highly hysterical state. She's a woman who resist': the Dangers of Spiritualism in J.S. Le Fanu's All in the Dark (1866). History of Medicine in Ireland: A Blog by the UCD Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland). Through his protagonist, Dinah Perfect, Le Fanu explores the power held by Victorian psychiatry over society women. Uncommon in wrappers. cf.SADLEIR 1369.