GERFALCON [with] JORIS OF THE ROCK [with] SHY LEOPARDESS. London: William Heinemann Ltd; Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.; London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., [1927;1929; and 1948]. Octavo, three volumes: pp. [i-iv] v [vi] vii [viii] 1-310 [311-312: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank]; [1-8] 1-318 [319-320] [last leaf is a blank]; [i-iv] v [vi] vii [viii] 1-392, frontispiece maps in first two books, uniformly rebound in green cloth with author and titles lettered in gold on spine panels. First edition of the first book, first U.S. edition of second book, and first edition of the third book. The complete Neustrian cycle. "The stories are chivalric romances set in an imaginary French province; the supernatural plays a very muted role, being explicit only in the second volume, but the stories qualify marginally as secondary world heroic fantasies and are exceptionally well written. Though each volume has a different central character, the three in combination contain the whole history of Raoul of Ger as he grows from boyhood to claim and secure his noble heritage." - Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-19. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 47, 48 and 49. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1099-1104. Waggoner, The Hills of Faraway 062. Bleiler (1948), p. 42. Reginald 00910, 00911 and 00912. First two books have tanned text blocks, GERFALCON has library stamps on the half title leaf, JORIS OF THE ROCK has a stain on the rear cover and several stains in the text. Both are sound, good copies. SHY LEOPARDESS has a small nick to the top edge of the rear panel and the page edges are tanned, but it is otherwise a very good copy. Tipped in JORIS OF THE ROCK is a fine one page and a half typed letter, signed, from Barringer to a Colonel Watt dated 15 July 1949 about his books in general, and specifically the American edition of JORIS. He has "penciled a few corrections in the text [of this copy]; it is always irritating to have marks in books, but I prefer them to silly printers' errors in my own work." Barringer's letters are uncommon. (#170140).
"First published 1927" on copyright page; First edition so stated on copyright page; "First published in 1948" on copyright page.