LILITH: A ROMANCE. London: Chatto & Windus, 1895. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii  2-351 [352: blank] + 32-page publisher's catalogue dated "Oct. 1895" inserted at rear, title page printed in red and black, original black cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, top and fore-edges untrimmed, white endpapers with floral pattern printed in blue. First edition. MacDonald's second and last adult fantasy novel. "It has parallels with PHANTASTES (1858) and shows the slight influence of Carroll, but it is easily the strangest product of Victorian fantasy. It is the obvious parent of Lindsay's VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS (1920) and fascinated C. S. Lewis; as an allegory of heterodox Christianity it bears an interesting relation to the works of T. F. Powys." - Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-115. "This powerful and sombre fantasy is now regarded by many as MacDonald's greatest work, having certain affinities with PHANTASTES (1858). The author himself felt it to be God-inspired, though his wife was much troubled by it. The first edition was received either unfavorably or in silence, the praise of another master of fantasy, H. G. Wells, being an honourable exception." - Shaberman. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1068. Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, pp. 243-45. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p, 605. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 146. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 700. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 880-86. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, p. 134. Waggoner, The Hills of Faraway 642. Bleiler (1978), p. 129. Reginald 09423. Sadleir 1478. Shaberman 97. Cloth lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips, corner tips a bit soft, mild string mark to center fore-edge from bundling, a very good copy. Unlike the 1895 Dodd, Mead U.S. edition, this UK edition is uncommon. (#130617).
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