THE FRUIT STONERS; Being the Adventures of Maria Among the Fruit Stoners. Algernon BLACKWOOD.

THE FRUIT STONERS; Being the Adventures of Maria Among the Fruit Stoners.

London: Grayson & Grayson, [1934]. First Edition, First Impression. Hardcover. Octavo, original black cloth titled in gilt on spine panel, top edges stained green (the first issue binding). [287] pp. Tiny bookseller's label on rear paste-down, very light rubbing to cloth, light fading to green on top page edges, a very good, bright copy, lacking the very scarce dust jacket. Very Good. Item #311366

¶ Children's fantasy novel, a "spiritual companion" to THE EDUCATION OF UNCLE PAUL [1909] and THE EXTRA DAY [1915]. A 10-year old child lives in a Big House with a sealed wing; one night she witnesses the mysterious "Man Who Wound the Clocks" and, with her cat Judas, is brought into the sealed wing where time has slowed down. Here she meets the Fruit Stoners, anthropomorphised personifications of prune stones from the old nursery rhymes - counting rhymes, counting time. The little girl is given a quest - she must seek the Pearl of Great price before Time finishes striking, and the Fruit Stoners help he in her quest. Mystical symbolism, and an allegory of the meaning of life and the loss of childhood innocence. Underrated and undervalued, as most of Blackwood's fiction is, but an important book nonetheless.

Price: $45.00