Near fine. No Jacket. 12mo. Has been rebound in red leather and marbled boards with red endpapers. Some foxing to endpapers and titles and around edges of first 80 pages, some drawn margin lines to pp 333 & 334, otherwise pp clean, the odd light page corner crease, closed edges of text block slightly yellowed, binding tight and secure.
VG+/NONE. BOOK HAS BEEN REBOUND IN QUARTER RED LEATHER WITH RED CLOTH COVERED BOARDS, RED ENDPAPERS, AND GILT SPINE TITLES AND DESIGN. IT HAS BEEN TRIMMED 3/16" BOTH LENGTH AND WIDTH AND THE TOP EDGE HAS BEEN STAINED RED. FOXING MAINLY TO THE PRELIMINARY AND TERMINAL LEAVES AND THE EDGES OF THE TEXT BLOCK. BOARDS ARE MODERATELY COLOR FADED BUT OTHERWISE A VERY NICE CLEAN AND TIGHT COPY OF A RARE BOOK IN FIRST EDITION.
Octavo, pp. [1-8]  2-487 [488: printer's imprint], original black cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition, first binding. The fifth and final novel published during Lindsay's lifetime. Though boring, the work has its memorable pages, even chapters according to Colin Wilson who spent two years getting through it. E. H. Visiak stated that he initially believed that the book was almost unreadable, but upon rereading it--slowly--he found it fascinating and was so impressed that he wrote a fifty page critique of the novel. Brian Stableford says the novel is "marvelously atmospheric and admirably conscientious in its design of a hypothetical mythology and the metaphysics to go with it." E. F. Bleiler considers DEVIL'S TOR to be Lindsay's "magnum opus." Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-218. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1022. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 140. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 664. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature I, pp. 391-95. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, pp. 127-28. Bleiler (1978), p. 124. Reginald 09071. Very faint damp mark at top edge of front panel, else a fine, bright copy in very good plus first issue pictorial dust jacket (cream paper stock printed in black with woodcut illustration of Devil's Tor on front panel) with light edge wear, mostly at spine ends and corner tips with small internal tape mends, light dust soiling, and clipped price. An uncommon book seldom found in dust jacket. (#103566)
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