THE NIGHT LAND: A LOVE TALE. London: Eveleigh Nash, 1912. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii [viii] ix [x] 11-583 [584: printer's imprint] + 16-page undated publisher's catalogue inserted at rear, original black cloth, front panel stamped in gold and ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel ruled in blind. First edition. A presentation copy bound in black cloth, presumed to be a special binding for the author (the three copies through our hands have all been dated 22 March 1912). This copy is inscribed by Hodgson to Stafford A. Brooke on the front free endpaper: "The Reverend / Stafford A. Brooke, M.A. LL.D., / from / William Hope Hodgson -- / March 22nd / 12 / It's the heart-ache that teaches, isn't it?" "... Hodgson's quintessential work of fantastic imagination. Although it is science fiction, Hodgson, in his evocation of The Last Redoubt of human civilization, sustaining itself against perpetual siege by other-dimensional malignity, has created a mood of soul-threatening damnation that transcends all earlier works of Satanism, witchcraft, werewolves and vampires combined." - Sam Moskowitz (introduction to THE DREAM OF X by Hodgson, p. 9). "An extraordinary fantasy of the time when the sun is dead and mankind maintains itself in two vast metal pyramids." - Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 41. "... as a visionary phantasmagoria it is without parallel." - Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-178. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 1-99 and (2004) II-534. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 94. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 817. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1105. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 28. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 426. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 146. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, pp. 114-15. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 574. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 498. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 203-04. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1105-10. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-110. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 101. Reginald 07287. Mild sunning and spotting to spine panel, top edge of pages a bit dusty, touch of wear to lower front corner tips, page edges a bit dusty, a very good copy. An important copy of a major work of twentieth-century fantastic fiction. (#168441).
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