Wales: Sarob Press, 2017. New, Revised Edition. Hardcover. Octavo, original gilt-decorated white cloth, colour pictorial endpapers. pictorial tan buckram titled and decorated in green. 365 pp. 400 numbered copies printed, each copy signed by the author on the title page and hand-numbered on the copyright leaf. Ribbon bookmarker bound in. A fine copy in a fine full-colour wrap-around pictorial dust jacket, as issued. Note: This title went OUT-OF-PRINT from the publisher almost immediately upon publication. Fine in Dust Jacket. Item #310999
¶ When THE WHITE ROAD first appeared in 1997 in the Ghost Story Press edition, it collected all the short fiction the author wanted to see preserved at that time. In this new Sarob Press edition a few of the minor, or otherwise readily available stories from the original have been left out and ‘replaced’ by a novella bringing together two of Ron Weighell’s most popular characters, ‘James Calder-Stuart’ and ‘Vallance’, and taking ideas in its plot from one of the ‘lost novels’ mentioned in the introduction to the original edition ... “Out of the Hidden Land” has been written especially for this volume. The original stories have been newly typeset and re-imagined. This new edition containing 24 stories and 2 novellas has been a massive undertaking by the author, the artist and by Sarob Press ... a true labour of love. The original stories have mostly only minor revisions/corrections etc and appear in the author’s preferred order ... and the overall feel and concept of this new volume is wholly different to the GSP edition. Stories included are: “The Secret Place” “Againbite” “The Boat Called Millions of Years” “Carven of Onyx” “Laid Down and Guarded” “The First Turning of the Second Stair” “‘Bishop’ Asgarth’s Chantry” “China Rose” “The Tunnel of Saksaksalim” “Lock Fast the Lock” “The Greater Arcana” “An Empty House” “The Stryx” “The Box Parterre” “Byerly Mount” “Second Death” “The Chestnut Husk” “The Lycurgus Cup” “The Circle of the Hieroglyphs” “The Ram Head Ring” “Necropolis” “The Fire of the Wise” “Diminish Like the Word” “The Resurrection Brass” “The White Road” & “Out of the Hidden Land”. The author has provided a new introduction for this 20th anniversary edition and artist Nick Maloret has come up with a terrific painting for the jacket, another for the ‘illustrated end-papers’ and distinctive blocking art for the front boards (all based on the Egyptian Magic themes in the new novella).