THE ELIXIR OF LIFE. Arthur Ransome.

THE ELIXIR OF LIFE. London: Methuen & Co., Ltd., [1915]. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-viii [1] 2-312 [313-316: ads] + 32-page publisher's catalogue dated "8/5/15" on page 31 inserted at rear, original blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in light blue. First edition. "Horror thriller set in Augustan England; innocent lovers caught up in machinations of ancient evil which survives on draughts of eternity bought at the price of human sacrifice. Suspense well-maintained, strong weird atmosphere and imagery. An important book that is oddly neglected in most references." - Robert Knowlton. " ... attains some darkly excellent effects ..." - H. P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature, p. 79. "... a very superior story of its kind ..." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 180. Bleiler, Science Fiction: The Early Years 1829. Bleiler (1978), p. 164. Reginald 12002. Faded early owner's signature dated March 1915 at top right edge of front free endpaper. Spine lean, hairline crack along inner rear hinge, lettering on spine panel just a bit dull, a very good copy overall. (#165803).

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"First Published in 1915" on copyright page.