1895 Scarce First US Edition - The WOOD BEYOND THE WORLD by Pre-Raphaelite William Morris.
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Author: William Morris.
Title: The Wood Beyond the World.
Publisher: Boston, Published by The Roberts House, 1895. First American Edition, first printing, limited to 500 copies printed on heavy paper.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 9 " X 6.5 ".
Pages: vii-273 pages.
Binding: Good to very good attractive original gilt decorated full cloth binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn, soiled and scuffed - as shown, inner lower corner of rear cover worn - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover in a near fine full cloth slipcase. Upper edge gilt.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight, and clean, rare light staining and foxing - as shown, name of a previous 1904 owner on the first endpaper - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the beautiful frontispiece by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones.
Estimate: (USD 500 - USD 700)
The book: Scarce First American edition of The Wood Beyond the World -- a fantasy novel by William Morris, perhaps the first modern fantasy writer to unite an imaginary world with the element of the supernatural, and thus the precursor of much of present-day fantasy literature. It was first published in hardcover by Morris's Kelmscott Press, in 1894. The book's importance in the history of fantasy literature was recognized by its republication by Ballantine Books as the third volume of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in July, 1969. The Ballantine edition includes an introduction by Lin Carter.
The author: William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was a British textile designer, poet, artist, novelist, translator and socialist activist associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement. He was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production. His literary contributions helped to establish the modern fantasy genre, while he helped win acceptance of socialism in fin de siècle Great Britain.
The illustrator: Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Baronet, ARA (28 August, 1833 – 17 June, 1898) was a British painter and designer associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood which included Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Millais, Ford Madox Brown and Holman Hunt. Burne-Jones worked with William Morris as a founding partner in Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co in the design of decorative arts.
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