The Rare First Edition

    David Lindsay. A Voyage to Arcturus. London: Methuen, [1920].

    First edition. Octavo. 303 pages with 8 pages of ads.

    Publisher's red cloth. Front ruled and stamped in blind. Spine ruled and stamped in gilt. Rubbing to extremities with general, light soiling to cloth. Mild sunning and spotting along spine. Top edges darkened with mild foxing to remaining edges. Minor toning and foxing to endpapers with front free endpaper neatly excised. Hand written passage on front pastedown has been cleanly erased. One-half-inch stain at fore-edge affects pages 37-47. A very good copy of author's rare first book.

    This Scottish fantasist, relatively unknown and unsuccessful in his own time, has proven enormously influential to later writers like C. S. Lewis. Lindsay's first book, A Voyage to Arcturus has been called "a masterpiece of allegorical fantasy" by John Grant in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy.


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