A Voyage to Arcturus.London: Methuen & Co., 1920 Stock Code: 139374
First edition of this notably uncommon and influential workFirst edition, first impression, of this "remarkable work". The first edition of Lindsay's classic novel was printed in a run of 1,250 copies, with around 500 to 600 copies released in the first issue binding as here, with gilt lettering and ruling to spine (Bleiler). Lindsay's most famous and influential work, A Voyage to Arcturus is "a metaphysical novel set in the framework of an interplanetary voyage, using the incidents of fantastic adventure which develops using a series of concrete adventures with strange beings, weird landscapes, and mystifying experiences" (Bleiler). "Stylistically the book works superbly by constantly subverting the reader's expectations in parallel with those of the protagonist" (ODNB). This copy is in the first issue with the undated eight page publisher's catalogue at the end, with "Einstein's Relativity - The Special and the General Theory" listed to the head of the second panel.
Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine in gilt and in blind to front cover.
Small marginal pencil annotation to p. 1. Spine very gently cocked, gilt lettering uncommonly bright and largely unfaded, spine ends and corners slightly bumped, cloth a little soiled with a couple of small marks, faint stain to spine, shadow of removed label around title to front cover, touch of wear to top edge of boards, light foxing to contents, a couple of faint finger marks; a very good copy.
Bleiler, Supernatural Fiction 1019.
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