PHANTASMION. London: William Pickering, 1837. Small octavo, pp. [1-4]  2-387 [388: blank], two flyleaves at front, one at rear, original green cloth, new printed paper label affixed to spine panel, all edges untrimmed, white endpapers. First edition. Limited to 250 copies. A rare precursor of the journey-to-faeryland that has characterized the structure and content of the quest motif in nineteenth and twentieth century fantastic literature. The major literary effort of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's daughter, an important and highly original British heroic fantasy "whose scope is later echoed in Tolkien's LORD OF THE RINGS." - Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 224. "... an important precursor of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth fantasies. Besides the intricacies of plot, character, and genealogy, PHANTASMION has a theme in common with Tolkien's works: the virtues of pastoralism and the disruptive force of industrialism." - Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1238-40. A remarkable tale, modeled on Edmund Spenser's THE FAERIE QUEEN (1590; 1596), the "first fairy tale novel written in English." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, p. 210. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-28. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 391. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 55. Bleiler (1978), p. 46. Reginald 03174. Wolff 1316. Keynes, p. 60. Several short splits to cloth along outer joints, shallow loss at lower spine end, corner tips worn, several rubs to cloth, a sound, good copy. Most extant copies of this book have been rebound. It is exceedingly scarce in the original cloth. (#166680).
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