THE WORM OUROBOROS. London: Jonathan Cape, . Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-ix [x] xi-xiv 1-445  [447: blank] [448: illustration], illustrations by Keith Henderson, title page printed in black and red, original decorated blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, variant without publisher's device stamped in blind on rear panel, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First edition, first issue. The author's first book of fiction. A classic fantasy novel set on Mercury. "A masterpiece, altogether without parallel in its grandiosity and eccentricity." - Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-127. "Still the finest heroic fantasy." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 597. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 32. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature V, pp. 2180-84. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, p. 84, In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 67. Reginald 04684. Top edge of text block just a bit dusty, a fine copy in good pictorial dust jacket (designed by Keith Henderson) with 15x20 mm chip from lower spine end, light edge wear, mostly at corner tips, several internal mends of short tears (professionally done with archival, reversible tape), general dust soiling and tanning, latter most noticeably to spine panel. Overall, a fairly decent example of the uncommon jacket. (#130713).
"First published 1922" on copyright page.