THE FIVE JARS.
London: London: Edward Arnold & Co., 1922. First Edition (& 1st printing). Hardcover. Crown octavo, original dark-orange cloth titled in black on spine and front panel. 172 pp, frontispiece and six additional plates by Gilbert James. Light browning to endpapers as usual; hairline crackto inner front hinge, cloth moderately soiled; a sound, very good copy. Very Good. Item #313014
¶ Supernatural fantasy. The Five Jars is the only novel written by James, who is best known for his ghost stories. It is a peculiarly surreal fantasy apparently written for children. While he is out walking, the narrator is drawn to a remote pool, and finds a small box that has been hidden since Roman times. He gradually learns how to use its contents, fighting off a series of attempts to steal it, and becomes aware of a strange world hidden from our own.