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    Lord Dunsany
    The Franklin V. Spellman Collection

    The Works and Worlds of Lord Dunsany from the Krown & Spellman Collection. "Come with me, ladies and gentlemen who are in any wise weary of London: come with me: and those that tire at all of the world we know: for we have new worlds here." - Lord Dunsany, The Book of Wonder.

    Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, [1878-1957], known more popularly as Lord Dunsany, was an Irish writer of fantasies and one of the great "world builders" of the early twentieth century. He was the Eighteenth Baron of Dunsany, a poet, a playwright, a novelist, a sharp shooter and chess champion, a hunter, a soldier, and a world traveler. He inspired a generation of authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ursula K. Le Guin; and although not as currently well-known, he was in his time a social and literary sensation. With his distinctive cut quill pen and his larger than life personality, he remains a figure of fascination to this day.

    This remarkable collection of over 418 Dunsany books, letters, and other related ephemera, features a core of 232 volumes, comprised of 96 titles written by Lord Dunsany in a variety of editions. Highlights include four of the G.P. Putnam large format limited first editions [Time and the Gods, The King of Elfland's Daughter, and two inscribed copies of The Chronicles of Rodriguez], each signed by both Dunsany and his illustrator Sidney Sime; the six volume 1917 "Special Gift Edition" set of Lord Dunsany's works [The Gods of Pegana, Time and the Gods, The Sword of Welleran, A Dreamer's Tales, The Book of Wonder, and The Last Book of Wonder], also illustrated by Sidney Sime.

    In fact, no discussion of the works and worlds of Lord Dunsany would be complete without a nod to his illustrator and kindred spirit Sidney Sime [1867-1941]. Sime's early life, partly spent scratching images of fantastic creatures on the walls while working in the Yorkshire coal mines, stands in stark contrast to that of Lord Dunsany's, born to both title and wealth. However, their mutual love of the fantastic brought them together and resulted in several striking literary and artistic collaborations.

    Through Dunsany's correspondence and book inscriptions one is introduced to others in his circle, such as his friend and biographer Hazel Littlefield Smith, publisher Elkin Matthews, book collector and aspiring author Manuel Tarshish, true crime author William Roughead, and the illustrious book binder George Sutcliffe.

    Among the later correspondence there is a letter from Lady Beatrice Dunsany to Franklin V. Spellman dated 1966, responding to Mr. Spellman's interest in her husband's works, in which she writes: "A return of interest in the fantastic & romantic literature will come before very long, & meanwhile I hope your quest for the books will be successful."

    We are pleased to present the Franklin V. Spellman collection of the works of Lord Dunsany, which not only speaks to the success of that quest, but also moves us all one step further along on that ongoing return to the truly fantastic!

    This vast lot is presented in eight sections and can be viewed at this link: http://2gs.us/35au.


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    "Come with me, ladies and gentlemen who are in any wise weary of London: come with me: and those that tire at all of the world we know: for we have new worlds here." - Lord Dunsany, The Book of Wonder.

    Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, [1878-1957], known more popularly as Lord Dunsany, was an Irish writer of fantasies and one of the great "world builders" of the early twentieth century. He was the Eighteenth Baron of Dunsany, a poet, a playwright, a novelist, a sharp shooter and chess champion, a hunter, a soldier, and a world traveler. He inspired a generation of authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ursula K. Le Guin; and although not as currently well-known, he was in his time a social and literary sensation. With his distinctive cut quill pen and his larger than life personality, he remains a figure of fascination to this day.

    This remarkable collection of over 418 Dunsany books, letters, and other related ephemera, features a core of 232 volumes, comprised of 96 titles written by Lord Dunsany in a variety of editions. Some editions are included more than once when warranted by the presence of an inscription, a tipped-in letter, a wax seal, a binding variant, or an elusive dust jacket. Several of his works were so popular that they often saw new editions within a short period of time, as most clearly seen here in the eighteen copies of his Five Plays, which span from the first edition in 1914 to the sixteenth in 1936.

    There are beautifully printed G.P. Putnam large format limited first editions of Time and the Gods, The King of Elfland's Daughter, and two inscribed copies of The Chronicles of Rodriguez. These four volumes are uniformly bound in quarter vellum and orange cloth, three still in their original brown illustrated dust jackets, and each signed by both Dunsany and his illustrator Sidney Sime.

    We have the rare, if not fragile, six volume "Special Gift Edition" set of Lord Dunsany's works, issued by Boston based publisher John W. Luce in 1917, and encompassing The Gods of Pegana, Time and the Gods, The Sword of Welleran, A Dreamer's Tales, The Book of Wonder, and The Last Book of Wonder. These books were also illustrated by Sidney Sime.

    No discussion of the works and worlds of Lord Dunsany would be complete without a nod to his illustrator and kindred spirit Sidney Sime [1867-1941]. Sime's early life, partly spent scratching images of fantastic creatures on the walls while working in the Yorkshire coal mines, stands in stark contrast to that of Lord Dunsany's, born to both title and wealth. However, their mutual love of the fantastic brought them together and resulted in several striking literary and artistic collaborations.

    Their working relationship began in 1904 when Dunsany, ten years his junior and already an admirer of his artwork, asked Sime to provide the illustrations for his first published book, The Gods of Pegana (1905).

    "The partnership of Dunsany and Sime was rare in the history of the illustrated book. At one stage Dunsany completely reversed the normal order of things. 'I found Mr. Sime one day, in his strange house in Worplesdon, complaining that editors did not offer him very suitable subjects for illustration; so I said: 'Why not do any pictures you like, and I will write stories explaining them, which may add a little to their mystery?'' ... This invitation resulted in The Book of Wonder. Sime and Dunsany were so much in harmony that the reversal of roles is not immediately apparent." - [Simon Heneage and Henry Ford. Sidney Sime: Master of the Mysterious, page 24.]

    It is no surprise that in this collection there are nine books relating to Sidney Sime, including a very rare copy of his 1923 collaboration with composer Joseph Holbrook, Bogey Beasts.

    Through Dunsany's correspondence and book inscriptions one is introduced to others in his circle, such as his friend and biographer Hazel Littlefield Smith, publisher Elkin Matthews, book collector and aspiring author Manuel Tarshish, and true crime author William Roughead.

    There are fifteen pieces of correspondence from Lord and Lady Dunsany to George Sutcliffe, co-founder of the famed bookbinding firm Sangorski and Sutcliffe, regarding the creation of blank books. Lord Dunsany even includes three small pen sketches of the books to be made, showing his required measurements of both binding and page.

    Here amidst the books and letters is also to be found a variety of Dunsanian ephemera, such as a four-page typescript poem by Lord Dunsany titled "The Coronation", two typed pages of his limericks transcribed as he recited them during a party in 1953, a short handwritten note, four photos, a comically illustrated flier from one of his speaking engagements in New York, and much more.

    This vast lot is presented in eight sections.

    I. The Books of Lord Dunsany.

    II. The Correspondence of Lord Dunsany.

    III. Lord Dunsany Ephemera.

    IV. Contributions to other books by Lord Dunsany.

    V. Introductions by Lord Dunsany.

    VI. Lord Dunsany Studies

    VII. Books by and about Sidney Sime.

    VIII. A Miscellany

    Among the later correspondence there is a letter from Lady Beatrice Dunsany to Franklin V. Spellman dated 1966, responding to Mr. Spellman's interest in her husband's works, in which she writes: "A return of interest in the fantastic & romantic literature will come before very long, & meanwhile I hope your quest for the books will be successful."

    We are pleased to present the Franklin V. Spellman collection of the works of Lord Dunsany, which not only speaks to the success of that quest, but also moves us all one step further along on that ongoing return to the truly fantastic!



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