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Morris, William
Tale of the House of the Wolfings, A and All the Kindreds of the Mark Written in Prose and in Verse by William Morris
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1890. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Good+. Tale of the House of the Wolfings, A: and All the Kindreds of the Mark Written in Prose and in Verse by William Morris; by Morris, William. Boston: Roberts Brothers. Printed by University Press, Cambridge, USA, between January and February 1890. 1890. Limited First Edition. Large Paper Edition. 8vo: 8 1/2" x 6" (21.6 x 15.2 cm). Hardcover. Bound in publisher's original “Bayntun binding,” with 3/4 white linen spine and faux leather paper boards with gilt sword and Celtic & ancient designs. One of 500 copies. Uncut. Gilt top edge. 387 pp, plus a 16-page article and review from the Athaneum. This classic proto-fantasy novel profoundly influenced later, fellow Oxford writers, C.S. Lewis (THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA) and J.R.R. Tolkien (THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS), helping to pave the way to the highly successful modern epic fantasy genre, including the much-influenced George R.R. Martin series, GAME OF THRONES. Frontispiece portrait with tissue guard. Gilt stamping is bright and clean. Covers clean. Spine slightly darkened with wear some wear. Corners bumped. Decorative endpapers. Utica Owner's name ("M ? Quary N??? D.C."?) penned in to loose endpaper and dated "April 12, 1890." Internally pristine and free of marks marks or blemishes. Free from the usual spotting and foxing for its age. Condition overall: Good+.
Bookseller: MRM Books [United States]
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