Bernard Sleigh - The Gates of Horn - J.M. Dent, 1926, First Edition.


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London, J.M. Dent, 1926. First edition, first impression. Hardback. A very good copy. A rare fantasy work. Bernard Sleigh is perhaps best now remembered for his maps of Fairyland (primarily Ancient Mappe of Fairyland - though at least one earlier map exists), with his fiction becoming a little sidelined. I think this is his first and only book of prose (preceded by poetry). The book is published with a woodcut by Sleigh to the verso of a prelim between the half title and title leaves. Presumably the jacket is by Sleigh too. Contains 10 short pieces examining encounters with fairies, dryads and water nymphs. Apparently, Bleiler took the book as a sleight on Conan Doyle and his belief in fairies, though it seems Doyle and Sleigh were on the same page. The condition is very good, with a couple of long tears to the folds (longest around 40mm), some tearing to the lower spine has been reinforced to the interior. The jacket and block edges are a little foxed. Collector's plate to the front pastedown and a slight lean. A nice copy overall and uncommon. No copies located in the jacket in commerce (asigned, vellum-bound copy with a pasted sketch, but without the jacket, sold last year for ?2000). Subtitled 'being sundry records from the proceedings of the Society for the Investigation of Faery Fact & Fallacy' - the society beign a framing narrative for the stories. [9610, Hyraxia Books].


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