[North Yorkshire]: Tartarus Press. . First Printing of This Illustrated Edition. Hardcover. First printing of this new edition. Octavo, original wine coloured boards titled in gilt on spine and front panel, green marbled endpapers, silk bookmark. 196 pp. 350 numbered copies printed. Three tipped-in black & white plates by Sidney Sime. Contains for the first time all three of the Sidney Sime illustrations originally intended for the book's first publication in 1907, plus the two introductions written for later editions by the author (one unpublished), the introduction by Lord Dunsany to the 1954 Richards Press edition, plus a new six-page introduction by Mark Valentine. A fine copy in dust jacket. Fine in Dust Jacket. Item #310946
¶ Supernatural and mystical novel, partially autobiographical. Lucian Taylor, son of a Welsh country parson, is gifted with literary ability but cursed with a hypersensitiity which makes intolerable to him the cruelties and coarseness of life. He withdraws within himself, studies the magical writers of the past, practices mental disciplines and self-inflicts pain until he gains t he ability of the spiritual alchemist, transmuting life around him to gold. He has visions of Wales as it was in Roman times. When he goes to London to write the perfect book, he experiences London as a Demonic and Dionysian bedlam. After a glorious bacchanal he is found dead by his landlady, a bottle of laudanum nearby. Considered by many to be the author's greatest work.