Trilby - A Novel - George Du Maurier 1895 - Osgood, London - First English Illustrated Edition With 121 illustrations by the author. One of the most popular novels of its time, perhaps the second best selling novel of the Fin de siècle after Bram Stoker's Dracula. Trilby is set in the 1850s in an idyllic bohemian Paris. Though it features the stories of two English artists and a Scottish artist, one of the most memorable characters is Svengali a Jewish rogue, masterful musician and hypnotist.   Trilby inspired Gaston Leroux's novel The Phantom of the Opera (1910), introduced the phrase ‘in the altogether’ and the term ‘Svengali’ for a man with dominating powers over a protegee, as well as indirectly inspiring the name of the Trilby hat, originally worn on stage by a character in the play.

George Louis Palmella Busson du Maurier [1834-1896] was a French-born British cartoonist and author, known for his cartoons in Punch and his novel
Trilby. A close friend of Henry James, he was the father of actor Gerald du Maurier and grandfather of the writers Angela du Maurier and Dame Daphne du Maurier. He was also the father of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and thus grandfather of the five boys who inspired Peter Pan.

Published serially in Harper's Monthly in 1894, it was published in book form in 1895 and sold 200,000 copies in the United States alone.
Without half-title and first blank, four pages of ads to rear.

pp. [title, verso] vii-x 447 [5 advertisements]. Lacking first blank and half title.
  Condition: A very good copy, would be a fine copy but missing first blank and half-title, faint rubbing to boards.   Ref: 103859   Price: HK$ 800