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Sara Coleridge, PHANTASMION,1839, First US Edition, VG, 1st Modern Fantasy Novel
1839. Two Volumes, Both VG. Sara Coleridge, PHANTASMION: PRINCE OF PALMLAND. New York: Published by Samuel Colman, 1839, in two volumes. First US edition, preceded by the UK edition in 1837. (The latter was limited to 250 copies; the American first is as hard to find and may have had a similar print run.) Original paper-covered boards with recent black leather spines stamped in gold. Gift inscriptions with poems dated July 8, 1839 on front free endpapers of each volume. This edition marked the debut of Coleman's Library of Romance, edited by American poet Grenville Mellen, who adds a five page introduction. Boards a bit scuffed, light scattered foxing, a very good copy of this two-volume set. Written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge's daughter, this groundbreaking work bears affinities to landmarks from both the past, such as Spenser's "The Faerie Queen," and the future, such as Tolkien's epic fantasies. Many critics cite this as the first work of modern fantasy, given its detailed creation of an autonomous imaginary world. It is a major milestone in the development of fantastic literature, and a cornerstone title for any collection of fantasy. [Attributes: First Edition]
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