Boston, MA: Houghton & Mifflin, 1929. First US Edition. Boards. The story of Doll Bilby, a beautiful and sensitive girl whom popular superstition regards as a witch. A book of horror in which we see witchcraft from the witch's point of view, and also from the standpoint of the narrator, who implicitly believes in her guilt... On the surface, it is seemingly anti-feminist and puritannical piece of fiction taking the side of women's oppression during the Salem witchcraft trials, however, the central character is martyred for her liberated sexuality and is emboldened by passion and ripeness for life. A classic work of occult fiction, often overlooked in the literary witchcraft arena. Phenomenal illustrations throughout by Irish born wood engraver Robert Gibbings.
Author Esther Louise Forbes was an American novelist, historian and children's writer who received the Pulitzer Prize and the Newbery Medal. She was the first woman elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society. A Mirror for Witches has also been adapted for the stage, including by Carlisle Floyd as the opera Bilby's Doll. Very Good. Bound in decorative batik cloth boards, overall very good condition, some toning to text block edge, light wear to extremities and spine label, otherwise tight, bright and unmarred. Printed by the Riverside Press in Cambridge. 215 pages with illustrations. Item #10141