THE BOWMEN AND OTHER LEGENDS OF THE WAR ... With an Introduction by the Author. London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd., 1915. Small octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-86 [87-88: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original slate-blue pictorial boards, printed in dark blue, blue endpapers. First edition. "During Machen's lifetime 'The Bowmen' was easily his most influential work of fiction, in ways he never predicted. First published in a 1914 EVENING NEWS after the Battle of Mons, it told how British troops, their retreat cut off by the Germans, were miraculously rescued by a ghostly St. George and his bowmen of Agincourt. Widely accepted as true or as a genuine legend, the incident is regularly referred to even today, in books of occult lore and oral histories of the Great War." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 278. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 125. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-228. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1074. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 147. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, p. 1637. Bleiler (1978), p. 129. Reginald 09454. Goldstone & Sweetser 14a. Early owner's neat signature on the title page. A nearly fine copy. (#170190).
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