Within and Without: a dramatic poem.London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855 Stock Code: 43749
Presentation copy to Charles KingsleyFirst edition of the author's first book, presentation copy to Charles Kingsley, inscribed by MacDonald in ink at the head of the title: "The Reverend Charles Kingsley With much honour from George MacDonald." An excellent association copy, bringing together the only two significant writers of Christian fantasy in the Victorian period. Kingsley recognised the newcomer's talent immediately, writing back to MacDonald in approbation after receiving this copy (see Robert Lee Wolff, George MacDonald; the Golden Key). Though demonstrating that MacDonald had obvious failings as a dramatist, the book announced his lyrical talent and won, as well as Kingsley's approval, "the appreciation of Tennyson and the intense admiration of Lady Byron, who became at once one of MacDonald's closest friends and supporters" (ODNB).
Octavo. Original brown morocco-grain cloth, spine lettered in gilt, sides with thick-and-thin border blocked in blind, reddish brown endpapers. In a cloth folding case, black spine label lettered in gilt.
Skilfully recased, inner hinges restored, a good copy.
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