Stroud, UK: Catalpa Press. 1983. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. First Edition. 163 pp. Large octavo, original green cloth titled in gilt on spine panel.  pp. With 146 b/w illustrations and 8 page designs from Goblin Market with vintage coloring by Gloria Cardew. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Fine in Dust Jacket. Item #309636
¶ The spirited career of Laurence Housman (1865-1959) was overshadowed by that of his poetic brother A. E. but his darkly veiled art nouveau designs are still remembered and collected from his days as a draughtsman and book designer, after which he turned to writing verse, fantasy stories, novels, essays and scandalous plays on the Royals. He was a pioneer feminist, pacifist and socialist, as outspoken as he was enchanting. But despite his active work throughout the first half of the twentieth century, he remained a true Victorian to the end. He was the prophet of fantasy: the pure, simple guide through a rapidly confused and complicated world. This is the only thorough reference on him comprising his biography, an annotated bibliography, and also includes at the end several reprints of critical essays on Housman from periodicals.