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THACKER, Eric, & Anthony Earnshaw.

MUSRUM.

Published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1968

Stock code: 100114

Price: £95

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First edition, first impression, deluxe issue, one of 100 hors commerce copies only, set in 16/18 Poliphilus, printed on pure white Melloxtex cartridge and case bound in quarter buckram and Japanese wood veneer paper. Musrum is an extraordinary piece of late-60s mythography with a small cult following – it starts as a semi-Biblical and highly lysergic creation myth centred around its eponymous hero, Musrum, and proceeds into an epic conflict against his ruthless adversary, the Weedking. It was produced via an exchange of letters between the author Thacker, a Methodist minister from a town outsider Rotherham, and the illustrator Earnshaw, a teacher at Bradford College of Art (and an atheist). This unsigned deluxe issue of only 100 copies is in fact considerably scarcer than the signed limited issue of 250 copies.

Folio. Beige cloth backed boards, purple wood-veneer sides, titles silver to spine, printed paper title label to front, top edge dyed purple, beige endpapers. Full page and vignette illustrations by Earnshaw in the text. Cloth backing slightly marked, wood-veneer sides partially faded, extremities bumped and rubbed, internally fine, a very good copy.

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