THE INVISIBLE GUIDE. London: Headley Bros. Publishers Ltd, n.d. [1919]. Octavo, pp. [1-10] [1] 2-181 [182: printer's imprint], original blue cloth, front panel lettered in gold and ruled in blind, spine panel lettered in gold, bottom edge rough trimmed. First edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Hind on the front free endpaper: "To Helen Freeman / From C. Lewis Hind / June 1919." "Christian fantasy in which the spirit of Jimmy Carstairs, an artist killed by a sniper in France during World War I, serves as a spiritual guide to the unnamed narrator as he struggles with the realities of the war, the changing cultural landscape of Europe, and morphine addiction following a difficult surgery. Although the author is clearly sensitive to the sufferings of soldiers, the novel is curiously devoid of any concrete details about the actual horrors of war, which the narrator characterizes as a failure of man, not God. The novel advocates for a pure form of religious worship and fully understanding God's love as a way to counteract the trials and tribulations of our earthy lives. At times, THE INVISIBLE GUIDE has an allegorical quality since characters are often named 'The Neutral' or 'The Consoler.' One passage involves the narrator telling a story about a Martian who comes to Earth and finds our way of conducting war totally barbaric." - Boyd White. Parts of this work were published earlier in THE DAILY CHRONICLE. Spine tanned, spine lettering tarnished, else a very good copy. (#164405).

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