THE PHOENIX AND THE MIRROR. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1969. Octavo, cloth. First edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Davidson on the front free endpaper: "For Cuyler W. Brooks Jr / with the compliments / of the Author, / Avram Davidson." "Wit, ironic charm and erudition rather than passion characterize the fiction of Avram Davidson ... He was ... the most bookish of fantasists, in the best sense, capable of creating startling vistas from esoteric sources. The most celebrated of his fantasy novels [is] THE PHOENIX AND THE MIRROR ..." - Darrell Schweitzer, Pringle, David, ed., St. James Guide to Fantasy Writers, p. 141. "... Overall the novel is an eccentric masterpiece: highly original in its evocation of a 'Medieval' Roman Empire, and impressively learned in its vocabulary." - Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 43. Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 7-89. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-81. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1250-56. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, pp. 71-2. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with touch of fading to tan ink on spine panel. (#159422).
First edition so stated on copyright page.