Item #21064 Mermaid and Centaur [CARNIVAL FICTION]. Rupert HUGHES.

Mermaid and Centaur [CARNIVAL FICTION]. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1929.

First Edition. Uncommon novel of carnival life described by jacket copy of a well-to-do farmer with a cruelly deformed sister "with the head of an adult and the body of a child, to whom he is devoted. A street carnival comes to town, with Zarna, the Diving Venus, and her singing seal, Susanne. At the carnival Jason is overpowered with the beauty and grace of Zarna and persuades her to take the seal out to amuse his sister. Zarna and Jason fall in love - he fascinated by the glamour of carnival life, she by the quietness and peace of his farm - and when the carnival moves on to another town, he follows and brings her back after a terrific fight with her carnival lover". Near Fine but for hardly noticeable dampstains at cover edges, contemporary ownership signature at front endpaper and rear pastedown, in lovely Near Fine dustjacket, few nicks.

Price: $175.00

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