A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS. David Lindsay.

A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., [1920]. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1] 2-303 [304: printer's imprint] + 8-page publisher's catalogue dated "925" inserted at rear, original red mesh weave cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black, top and fore edges trimmed, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition, second binding, third issue with inserted publisher's catalogue dated "925." 1250 copies printed, this copy being among those comprising the third of several reissues of 650 to 750 sets of first edition sheets. Lindsay's masterpiece. "Lindsay's A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS is one of the most extraordinary works of literature, let alone fantasy, ever written. In form and in some of its symbolic techniques it is highly indebted to the work of George MacDonald: but for sheer inventiveness and intensity of imagination its burns like some literary supernova." - Colin Greenland, Scottish Fantasy Literature, p. 153. "A classic allegorical romance in which the landscapes and inhabitants of the planet Tormance provide an externalization of the moral and metaphysical questions that preoccupied the author. Its incarnate theological system influenced Lewis's OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET (1938), and it also bears some similarity to George Macdonald's LILITH (1895), although it is very much a work sui generis." - Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 2-72. "Some of the imagery is borrowed from Norse mythology (Surtur and Muspel) but the metaphysics that is gradually elaborated is basically a transformed evolutionary theory that applies a harsh metaphorical Darwinism to the business of personal intellectual development. A masterpiece, unparalleled in its graphic imagery and in its ambition." - Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 5-184. "VOYAGE ... has become one of the most widely discussed and debated fantasies of the twentieth century, and it is well on its way to becoming one of the most influential." - Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 2039-45. Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 2-63 and (2004) II-673. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-221. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1019. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 31. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 509. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 140. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 693. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 666. Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2383-88. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, p. 127. Bleiler (1978), p. 124. Reginald 09074. Small owner's name stamped on the front paste-down (a major early American SF fan). Small stain on the fore-edge of the text block, a nearly fine copy. A lovely, superior copy of very scarce book. (#158678).

Price: $2,500.00

Printing identification statement for this book:
"First published in 1920" on copyright page.