The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l’Opéra) was first published as a serialisation in Le Gaulois from 23 September 1909 to 8 January 1910. It was published in book form in late March 1910 by Pierre Lafitte, with this first UK edition the following year. The author had an abiding passion for the theatre and after years of struggle, writing newspaper reviews and a number of unsuccessful plays, he made his mark with a novel about an extraordinary episode in the history of France’s greatest opera house.
Although it has taken the magic of the cinema and Lloyd-Webber’s musical talent to familiarise the larger public with Leroux’s work, the author does capture the atmosphere of the time he was writing about – the latter part of the nineteenth century when France was rampant with belief in the supernatural and the spirit world.
First UK edition, 8vo. vi, 392pp.; 31, (1) advertisements, toning to front free endpaper and final page of ads’, otherwise fine, modern full black morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with onlay of mask to upper board, silver lettering to spine and upper board after the original, Japanese endpapers and all edges silvered, fine.
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