HENRY BROCKEN: HIS TRAVELS AND ADVENTURES IN THE RICH, STRANGE, SCARCE-IMAGINABLE REGIONS OF ROMANCE. London: John Murray, 1904. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-x 1-202, original decorated blue cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition, first issue with plain top edge and no final bracket after "Walter Ramal" on title page. The author's first work of fiction. This novel "hovers strangely between the abstract and the particular. Brocken sets out on an allegorical journey to various booklands, where he meets characters like Jane Eyre, Nick Bottom, Sleeping Beauty and Criseyde; but the mild educational benignity of the trip is destroyed, in the end, by Brocken's refusal of Criseyde's erotic needs, and he is cast back, defeated, into a dry mortality." - Clute and Grant, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, p. 261. Bleiler, Supernatural Fiction Writers, pp. 499-500. Bleiler (1978), p. 59. Reginald 04029. Touch of rubbing to cloth at upper and lower extremities of spine panel and corner tips, a nearly fine copy. (#67240).
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