MIDSUMMER SANITY. [London]: Philip Allan, 1933. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 1-295 [296] [297-298: ads], original publisher's blue cloth, spine panel stamped in black. First edition. A retired middle-aged businessman goes to Dorset and encounters one of the dwindling numbers of portals into the land of Faery. The woman who lives in the cottage he rents tells him that the Little People convene there and communicate with humans at Midsummer. They are neither good nor bad, she explains, but very powerful and capable of bestowing the gift of seeing things through the eyes of children. The gift comes at a cost of course -- giving up normal romantic love. The novel can be seen as one of the many that appeared in England in the 1920s and 1930s, exploring the problem of the postwar hollow man and his search for meaning. A serious, wistful novel, with the supernatural central to the story, taking up themes of enchantment and reality, innocence and love. Day, A Supplemental Checklist of Fantastic Literature, p. 45. Reginald 07708. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Cloth rubbed along bottom edges, a very good copy in very good pictorial dust jacket (priced 7/6) with light wear at spine ends and corner tips and mild tanning to spine panel. An uncommon book seldom found in its dust jacket. (#162723).

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