Two Years in the French West Indies
Hearn, Lafcadio , Arthur W. Rushmore and Marie Royle(illus.)
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Harper & Brothers Publishers
Date Published: 1923
Edition: Later printing
Book Id: 33125
460pp. Octavo [22.5 cm] 1/4 black cloth with yellow cloth covered boards, a gilt stamped title on the spine, a black ink stamped title on the front cover, and a small illustrated paper label mounted to the front cover. The extremities are very gently bumped, soiled and rubbed. There are a handful of tiny stains on the covers, and there is a small faint gouge in the rear board. The spine is subtly rolled and ever so slightly faded. There are several very small tears in the cloth along the bottom edge of the front cover. The edges of the text block are lightly soiled and scuffed. The front flyleaf has a bookseller's tiny label. Tanned pages.
From the Preface- "During a trip to the Lesser Antilles in the summer of 1887, the writer of the following pages, landing at Martinique, fell under the influence of that singular spell which the island has always exercised upon strangers, and by which it has earned its poetic name, - Le Pays des Revenants. Even as many another before him, he left its charmed shores only to know himself haunted by that irresistible regret, - unlike any other, - which is the enchantment of the land upon upon all who wander away from it. So he returned, intending to remain some months; but the bewitchment prevailed, and he remained two years."