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Zanoni.

New York: J.W. Lovell, [1883]. [Oxford edition]. Hardcover. Zanoni is an 1842 novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, a story of love and occult aspiration. By way of introduction, the author confesses: "... It so chanced that some years ago, in my younger days, whether of authorship or life, I felt the desire to make myself acquainted with the true origins and tenets of the singular sect known by the name of Rosicrucians." A manuscript came into his hands written in the most unintelligible cipher, a manuscript which through the author's own interpretation became Zanoni... Bulwer-Lytton humanised Gothic art and evoked its poetry to suit the Victorian era. In Zanoni, Bulwer-Lytton alludes to deep Rosicrucian mysteries regarding the four elements, secrets which only initiated Rosicrucians have the power to reveal, the ultimate goal being the discovery of the Elixir of life and the attainment of immortality and eternal youth. This is all depicted in Zanoni himself who at the time of Babylon abandoned all human passions to become immortal but during the French Revolution, to become human again, he falls in love and dies in the guillotine. The name Zanoni is derived from the Chaldean root zan, meaning "sun", and the chief character is endowed with solar attributes. Good. Shelfwear to head and endcap, title page (and frontispiece) missing, both hinges cracked, adverts at rear loose but present, small hole at bottom rear of spine, else clean and bright. Decorative binding with gilt titling. 18 cm., 386 pp.with adverts. with former owner book plate on front endpapers. "Oxford edition" on covers. Item #10359

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