London: Smith, Elder, & Co, 1886. First edition. Hardcover. 334; pp. Octavo [19.5 cm] Light brown cloth with a gilt stamped title on the spine, and black ink and blind stamped embellished borders on the spine and covers. With two pages of publisher's advertisements. Good only. The spine is darkened, and the boards are lightly soiled and a bit bowed. The cloth at the head of the spine is chipped, and there is a small loss from the cloth at the foot of the spine. The head of the spine has had some restoration work. There is a 2 inch split in the front board, at the head of the spine, along the joint. The corners of the covers are bumped, and the spine is rolled. The endsheets are cracked along the hinges. The pages are browned, and the text block is cracked several times. From the collection of Berkeley book collector and letter press printer, John Ruyle, with his notes in pencil on the half title page. Bleiler CFL. Item #37822
Anstey achieved popularity with the humorous, and much-filmed—novel "Vice Versa," in which a father and son unaccountably change bodies for a week. This work centers around an Indian idol which brings misfortune to a young artist.