DESERT ISLANDS AND ROBINSON CRUSOE. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1930. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-viii [ix-x] 1-299 [300-302: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], decorations by Rex Whistler, original blue cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, top edge stained green, fore-edge rough trimmed, bottom edge trimmed. First U.S. edition. "An odd work consisting of excerpts from desert island romances, with de la Mare's commentary on them, in about a half-and-half mix. It is what the literary critic might call an anatomy of the Robinsonade, steeped in the rambling, digressive, antiquarian spirit of the Menippean satire: the kind of book that was popular, in fact, during the eighteenth century, when so many imaginary voyages were written, but decidedly eccentric in the streamlined twentieth century." - Robert Eldridge. A very good copy. (#85335).