William Henry Hudson: A Crystal Age. (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1887), first edition (published anonymously), 287 pages followed by a 32 page publisher's catalog, black cloth with gilt lettering on spine and red lettering and decoration on spine and boards, 12mo (5.25" x 7.75"). This is Hudson's first work of fiction in a career where he wrote mostly naturalist non-fiction books. A Crystal Age may be categorized as a utopian novel, and is very much influenced by Hudson's love of the pastoral life. He was primarily an ornithologist. This is the first edition of A Crystal Age, published anonymously in 1887. Unwin reprinted the novel under Hudson's name in 1906, but this novel is the true rarity. The copy presented here is very good. The boards show some edge, corner, and spine wear, and the spine itself is slightly shelf-cocked. Top edge is slightly soiled. The binding is somewhat loose, but the textblock is very clean. A true rarity, and scarce in this condition. Comes housed in a custom black cloth solander box with gilt lettering on the spine. From the Ventura Collection.

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