"[A] variety of malign marvels and accursed unknown lands..."William Hope Hodgson. The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig.' Being an account of their Adventures in the Strange Places of the Earth, after the foundering of the good ship Glen Carrig through striking upon a hidden rock in the unknown seas to the Southward. As told by John Winterstraw, Get., to his Son James Winterstraw, in the year 1757, and by him committed very properly and legibly to manuscript. London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1907.
First edition. Octavo. [1-8], [1-2], 3-312 pages.
Original red cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the spine and front board. Modest wear to the binding, mainly at the joints and spine ends with some toning to the spine panel. Contents slightly browned with some light scattered foxing throughout. Small bookseller's label removed from rear pastedown. Otherwise a sound copy of Hodgson's first and most elusive book in very good condition.
H. P. Lovecraft wrote of Hodgson's book: "In The Boats of the Glen Carrig (1907) we are shown a variety of malign marvels and accursed unknown lands as encountered by the survivors of a sunken ship. The brooding menace in the earlier parts of the book is impossible to surpass, though a letdown in the direction of ordinary romance and adventure occurs toward the end. An inaccurate and pseudo-romantic attempt to reproduce eighteenth-century prose detracts from the general effect, but the really profound nautical erudition everywhere displayed is a compensating factor."
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