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DUNSANY, Edward Plunkett, Lord.

The Gods of Pegana.

Published: London: Elkin Mathews, 1905

Stock code: 111291

Price: £250

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First edition, first impression of Dunsany’s first book, illustrated by S. H. Sime, with the bookplate of Hazel Littlefield Smith, American missionary and author of Lord Dunsany: King of Dreams, A Personal Portrait (1959) to the front pastedown. “Dunsany’s tales of wonder, set in other worlds and written in prose-poetry, gave Sime, in Rossetti’s phrase, a perfect opportunity for ‘allegorizing on one’s own hook’. While illustrating ten books (some with only a frontispiece) he went to stay with Dunsany at his castle in Ireland, where he proved a highly entertaining guest” (ODNB).

Octavo. Original brown paper boards, tan cloth backstrip lettered in brown, titles and illustration to front board in brown, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Engraved frontispiece with tissue guard and 7 similar plates, all by Sime. Joints frayed, corners rubbed, rear board slightly marked, front inner hinge cracked, first few leaves starting at head. A good copy only.

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