Taylor, Philip Meadows - Confessions of a Thug. Folio Society, 1974, 1st thus.
This remarkable and often horrific novel - in which the tools of fiction were used to make known an almost unbelievable story of fact - is far from being the product of an overfertile and rather gruesome imagination. Meadows Taylor specifically and justly claimed that it was not written 'to gratify a morbid taste in any one for tales of horror and crime'; his aim was to expose just how widespread were the activities of the Thugs, those disciples of Kali whose victims, barbarously murdered, may well have numbered forty thousand a year. Meadows Taylor was himself one of the pioneer investigators into the Thug gangs; he wrote from first-hand knowledge and gave to the otherwise incredible the authentic ring of truth. At the same time, the inevitable three-decker form of the original (first published in 1839) necessitated the inclusion of so many repetitious and virtually identical incidents that the impact was deadened. For this reason, and because there is no affecting of thematic or character development, a number of complete sections have been omitted. (Folio Society).
9" x 5¾", 374pp, full sand-yellow 'canvas' blocked in dark green with a freize design, gold spine lettering, hardback. Map endpapers, same either end. Illustrated with 15 monochrome drawings by Clarke Hutton, as plates.
Slightly sunned spine; fine; complete with very good (slight marks to one side; slightly 'dusty'; slight glue-ripples by one end of pasted back-sheet) sound, original slip-case.
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