THE CENTAUR. First Penguin Edition in Dust Jacket.
Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Limited, 1938. First Paperback Edition (& 1st printing). Hardcover. Octavo, original printed wrappers. The first Penguin edition, 1st printing with " First Published 1911 / Published by Penguin Books 1938" on copyright page with no statement of reprinting. Issued as Penguin Books 166. Light shelfwear to lower edges; inner front hinge slightly cracked; but a close to fine copy in the original dust jacket, 1/4 - inch tall chip at base of spine and a few tiny closed tears. A fresh, lovely copy. Very Good. Item #312800
¶ Set in the Caucasus between the Black and Caspian Seas, THE CENTAUR centres on Terence O’Malley, a journalist of mystical temperament who is studying the peoples of the area. O’Malley, at odds with the pace and materialism of the modern world, rejects this way of life and instead countenances a return to nature which he interprets as a sense of kinship with the universe. This mystical novel weaves a fascinating tale while, at the same time, making a passionate plea for a lifestyle that is closer to nature. One of the most effective of mystical novels, deeply felt, very nicely imagined." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction. H.P. Lovecraft wrote of Blackwood: "He is the one absolute and unquestioned master of weird atmosphere."