The Were-Wolf.

London. John Lane. 1896. The First Edition. Ads dated 1895. Illustrated with 6 full page mounted engravings on laid paper by Laurence Housman. Square 8vo. 5.75" x 7.75". Bound in First Issue gilt decorated and titled brown cloth.

Covers sunned and lightly soiled. with front cover gilt leave decorations faded. A Very Good, crisp bright copy with stunning engravings.



The female werewolf, White Fell, was created by Clemence Housman to amuse her

fellow students at an art school in London (first published in Atalanta magazine in 1890 and

as a book in 1896). White Fell is an exquisite femme fatale cast as a beautiful woman who

awakens erotic desire in a vulnerable young man.



Housman's story, rooted in Norse mythology, channels the reader's imagination into the

realm of the numinous. Set in the northern lands of ice and snow, the farmhouse and its inhabi-

tants create a warm environment. The shadow of something sinister, however, gives a chill to the

air inside the farmhouse and creates the feeling that horror lurks just

outside the door.







Christian allegory frames the story. There are two opposing forces.- the Good represented

by the hero, Christian, and the Evil represented by the white female werewolf. The beautiful

young woman dressed in white furs is the temptress-werewolf who has supernatural strength to

destroy those she can get in her clutches, including a child, an old woman, and the young man

who loves her.



Housman's story is often referred to as "the greatest story of

lycanthropy ever written". - Charlotte Otten.


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