A MAINSAIL HAUL. John Masefield, Edward.

A MAINSAIL HAUL. London: Elkin Mathews, 1905. Small octavo, pp. [1-13] 14-128 [129-130: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], frontispiece illustration by Jack B. Yeats, title page printed in red and black, original green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in white, all edges untrimmed. First edition. A mixed collection of short fiction including fantastic sailor's yarns of the "tall tale" variety, a lively assortment of ghosts and devils, drawn from traditional sources. "Excellent material. The folk tales have an air of authenticity, and the more formal stories ... are imaginative and nicely handled." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1121. A cornerstone of Edwardian supernatural fiction. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), pp. 628-29. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Some loss of the delicate white enamel stamping on the spine panel, else a fine copy. An uncommon book. (#149917).

Price: $650.00

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