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[STONOR, Oliver.] BISHOP, Morchard.

The Star Called Wormwood.

An Investigation of the possible reasons for its Decline and Fall as described in the VIIIth chapter of the Apocalypse.

Victor Gollancz Ltd, London , 1941 Stock Code: 94192
£475.00
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First edition, first impression, highly uncommon in the jacket. An "allegorical fantasy with much science fiction, in part revolving round the experiences of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Blake in the 'war world' of the far future" (Locke). The 1940s sci-fi periodical "Futurist" described it as "a fantastic satire directed against all wars... a curious compound of Wellesian adventure and caustic commentary" (http://efanzines.com/FWD/FWD10.htm, retrieved 16 August 2019).
Oliver Stonor (1903-1987) was "one of Arthur Machen's most valued friends... acting as Machen's Boswell" (Valentine and Dobson, Arthur Machen: Apostle of Wonder, 1985, p. ix). His pseudonym, Morchard Bishop, was taken from the name of a small town in Devon.

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Description

Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in blue. With the dust jacket.

Condition

A superb copy in the jacket that has a sunned spine and a few nicks to extremities. From the publisher's archive.

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