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; rear advertisements correctly dated June 15, usual toning to endpapers, front free endpaper clipped and chipped at fore-edge, otherwise internally very good; publisher’s red cloth blocked in black to covers, gilt lettering to spine slightly tarnished or missing, a little minor rubbing, but overall very good; vi, 392pp.; 31, (1) advertisements.
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