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Octavo, pp. [1-12] 13-199 [200: blank], eight inserted plates with illustrations in color by K. Romney Towndrow, original decorated black cloth, front and spine panel stamped in gold, top edge stained black, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First edition, first binding; black cloth with "Faber & Gwyer" printed at base of spine panel. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Morris on front free endpaper: "Chas James Ryan / with the gratitude of / Kenneth Morris." The author's second book and the only collection of his short fiction published during his lifetime. The stories assembled for this collection "were selected from work written after 1914, and generally promulgate Theosophical principles with unobtrusive and supple tact. The world of the senses can be understood as manifesting a stage of meaning, a phase in the progression towards a higher reality, but with full reality always immanent. Mortality is generally contrasted with immortality as a matter of choice: mortals choose to serve, immortals choose transcendence. The settings run from the Wales of Celtic fantasy, with which Morris is most clearly associated, through Greece, Rome, India and China. Sages and other liminal beings offer gnomic advice, and point the way upwards. The narrative tend to serenity. Morris's influence has been small, but he is central to the genre." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), pp. 663-64. Until the final decades of the twentieth-century Morris's work was relatively unknown due to the scarcity of his books. Ursula K. Le Guin considers Morris, E. R. Eddison and J. R. R. Tolkien to be the three "master stylists" of modern fantasy. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-255. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 799. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1372-74. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, pp. 144-45. Reginald 10396. Zahorski and Boyer, p. 215. Binding slightly leaned, some wear to cloth at spine ends, three corner tips and along outer rear joint, top edge stain faded, a very good copy in very good decorated dust jacket (fragile blue-gray paper stock) with several splits along flap folds and fraying along top edge with shallow chipping at head of spine panel and corner tips. The jacket is trimmed slightly taller than the book and shelf wear along the top edge is virtually inevitable. Copies of this book signed or inscribed by Morris are rare. (#8737). N° de réf. du libraire
Titre : THE SECRET MOUNTAIN AND OTHER TALES .
Éditeur : Faber & Gwyer .
Date d'édition : 1926
Description du livre London, Faber & Gwyer, 1926., 1926. 199pp plus 8 colour plates. Gilt decorated cloth, 21x18. Owner's signature on front end paper, end papers browned, contents good and plates in lovely condition. Kenneth Morris was a now neglected fantasy writer (although Ursula le Guin has written an significant essay about him), theosophical style. Romney Towndrow, who contributes the beautiful and strange colour lithographed illustrations, was one of the first translators of Le Corbusier's works into English. N° de réf. du libraire 32696
Description du livre Faber & Gwyer, 1926. Hardcover. État : Good. The color plates and leaves are in very good condition; the binding has a few short tears on the corners. Address and date on the endpaper. ; 199 pages. N° de réf. du libraire 119910
Description du livre London: Faber & Gwyer, (1926). First edition., 1926. cat40a (illustrateur). Black cloth designed and lettered in gilt. Decoration on title page, and numerous terrific colour plates by Towndrow. Shelf wear to corners and edges, small library sticker on spine, ink ownership stamp on front end paper; internally very fresh, very good. N° de réf. du libraire 50765
Description du livre Faber & Faber, London, 1926. 1st ed. End papers foxed; light green dust jacket worn & chipped at edges, with tear at foot of spine. Jacket has dark green lettering which mirror the lettering and decoration on the book. Later issue of the 1st ed in red cloth with black lettering and decoration. Illus by K.Romney Towndrow Used - Very Good. VG hardback in Good dustjacket. N° de réf. du libraire BOOKS070378I
Description du livre Faber & Gwyer, London, 1926. Hard Cover. État : Very Good. K. Romney Towndrow (illustrateur). First Edition. 8vo, 199 pp, VG in gilt-stamped black cloth (spine brittle and quite worn, particularly at head, heel and joints; tips a bit worn; still, a clean, tight volume). Illustrated with 8 elegant full-page color plates by K. Romney Towndrow (which have an odd modernist or art deco feel; they look like they may be lithographs). Surprisingly uncommon. N° de réf. du libraire 6973
Description du livre Faber & Gwyer, London, 1926. Hardcover. État : Very Good. Etat de la jaquette : None. K. Romney Towndrow (illustrateur). First Edition. London: Faber & Gwyer, 1926. Book. Illus. by K. Romney Towndrow. Very Good. Hardcover. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Original 1926 Hardcover Black with Gilt Cover Design First Edition First Printing The Welsh author of a Mabinogion Fantasy "The Book of The Three Dragons" and" The Fate of the Princes of Dyfed" here offers fantasy Welsh short stories of mystical fantasy. Theosophist, Welsh speaker and friend of the Irish poet and Folklorist Ella Young here are more fabulous Celtic tales and even Chinese Fantasy tales. Illustrated in incredibly modern minimalist art style by K.Romney Towndrow. A few cover fades. Color plates. Kenneth Morris among the best Celtic myth and fantasy ever written. Very Good copy Not fine, but tight binding. Clean free of writing and NOT library book. Good all around copy by this master of Celtic Mabinogi fantasy who was Welsh himself. N° de réf. du libraire 005097