THE BOWMEN AND OTHER LEGENDS OF THE WAR ... With an Introduction by the Author. New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1915. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-iv] v [vi] 1-77 [78: blank] [79-80: ads] [81-82: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], original pictorial tan boards, front and spine panels printed in brown. First U.S. 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 14d. Early gift inscription on front free endpaper. Corner tips lightly worn, a bit of rubbing to spine panel, a very good copy. A better than average copy of this book bound with fragile boards that do not age well. (#75729).
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