MEDUSA. A Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy, & Strange Horror. By E. H. Visiak [pseudonym]. With an Original Manuscript Poem by the Author Laid In. E. H. VISIAK, Edward Harold Physick.
MEDUSA. A Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy, & Strange Horror. By E. H. Visiak [pseudonym]. With an Original Manuscript Poem by the Author Laid In.

MEDUSA. A Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy, & Strange Horror. By E. H. Visiak [pseudonym]. With an Original Manuscript Poem by the Author Laid In.

London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1929. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo, original black cloth, spine lettered in green. 286 pp. Laid into this copy is one leaf on Visiak's letterhead addressed '21 Adelaide Crescent, Hove, Sussex" Signed twice by Visiak (once with initials, once with full signature) dated 26.IV.51. On this leaf is written an original poem by Visak "On Masefield. 1951", with a small drawing of a sailing ship and a note to "John" (i.e., Fytton Armstrong, "John Gawsworth"). The poem is four lines and reads:

"What needs my Masefield for his honour's Sails
A Monument most worthy? Gawsworth hails
Them, salvaged from the ignominious deep
Where Visiak (unworthy) there did keep."

This is followed by the note:
"Dear John,
Your visit, dear John, was a joy to us both.
E.H.V. 26.IV.51"

Below this is a drawing of a square-rigged sailing ship, crossed out, with the note:
"Lost Endeavour
by John Masefield
Illustrated by E.H. Visiak"

Endpapers browned (as usual), mild markings to spine and some light scratches to covers, a very good clean copy. Manuscript material by Visiak is rare. Item #312455

¶ Supernatural horror novel. "The tale moves gradually, in a slow crescendo, from its beginnings in a normal-seeming nineteenth-century England through adventures at sea and finally into a literal pit of fantasy - a vast circular hole occupied by the eponymous sea monster which eats sexually aware men alive. The protagonist is a young boy who remains sexually innocent, though haunted by other guilts: he survives while his companions perish." - Clute and Grant, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997). "Degenerate survivors of Atlantis, psychoactive rays; unspeakable horror! WEIRD!" - John Ruyle. The author, born Edward Harold Physick (1878-1972), adopted the name "E.H. Visiak" after 1910. He wrote literary criticism, poetry and three novels, of which MEDUSA is his outstanding triumph.

Price: $650.00