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, 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. Some mild spotting to top and bottom page edges, some rubbing to cloth of spine, a nearly fine copy in a very good or somewhat better dust jacket with a little professional restoration at upper edges of spine panel and the lower left corner of the spine panel, some age darkening to spine panel and mild wear to corners and a small chip to upper left corner of the rear panel. (#139160).
"First published 1922" on copyright page.