London: John F. Shaw & Co., Ltd., No date . First Edition (& 1st printing). Hardcover. Octavo, original dark blue cloth designed and lettered in black. 320 pp. Frontispiece and three plates in full colour. Front free endpaper neatly replaced, spine panel lightly tanned, minor rubbing to cloth at extremities. A very good copy. Locke (SoF, see below) records this issue in blue cloth (although his copy had only 3 plates - one was missing); there is another issue which has the has just one plate and is in an cheaper binding, that issue was likely issued later. From the collection of John Ruyle, with his small pencil notes on the first leaf. Very Good. Item #312751
¶ "Set in the legend-haunted realms of the Sargasso Sea, where a discovered lost kingdom of medieval trappings and histories of glories past is the stage for combat and wonderful adventure" - Stuart A Teitler. "Boy's lost race adventure novel, set in a Sargasso Sea laden with weed and impacted in which is a land mass containing the nations of Ireenia and Crylania. Cultures medieval and priest-ridden. Shipping - galleys. Some science fiction elements, such as incendiary 'fire balls' launched from tubesbored in the rock, and giant spiders...." - George Locke, A SPECTRUM OF FANTASY (1980), p. 23.