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A FATAL FIDDLE: THE COMMONPLACE TRAGEDY OF A SNOB AND OTHER STORIES by EDWARD HERON-ALLEN, With Illustrations by E.L. Durand. Leyburn, East Yorkshire, UK; Tartarus Press/Edward Heron-Allen Society; 2011. 1st edition thus. LIMITED TO 99 COPIES. OUT ON PRINT ON PUBLICATION.

Edward Heron-Allen was a polymath whose achievements spanned many different disciplines from the recognised sciences to divination, through violin-making, literature and translation, to horticulture and local history.

Heron-Allen had literary ambitions early in life and gave up his job in the family firm of solicitors to pursue this end. He became friendly with Oscar Wilde and moved in social circles which lead to meetings with 1890s men of letters such as André Raffalovich and Walter Pater. It was while in America in the 1880s (lecturing on palmistry) that Heron-Allen made his first serious attempt at fiction. His novel, The Princess Daphne, was published in 1888 and was followed a year later by his collection of stories, A Fatal Fiddle (1889). Both display his interests in the occult and the supernatural.

It was entirely appropriate that the long title story of this collection should reflect his passion for the violin. Heron-Allen wrote and lectured on the art of violin making, ‘having become a “casual” apprentice of George Charnot’ (one of the greatest violin makers of the time). Heron-Allen’s book, Violin Making As It Was and Is has been continuously in print since its first publication in 1884.

In its first edition A Fatal Fiddle is ludicrously rare, and we are pleased to make it available once again, with the original illustrations by E.L. Durand.

Published by Tartarus Press in association with (& for the members of) The Edward Heron-Allen Society.

Fine in fine dj. LIMITED TO 99 hardcover copies. OUT OF PRINT.