North Yorkshire: Tartarus Press, 2021. Third Tartarus Press Edition. Octavo, gorgeous pictorial boards with a wrap-around design taken from 'Mural XV: The Golden Tree" by Edwin Austin Abbey; black endpapers, head- & tail-bands, gold satin bookmark. 287 pp. Third Tartarus Press printing, after editions in 1998 and 2015. Reprints the full text, including chapters five and six which were lacking from the original edition of 1922 and all subsequent editions prior to the 1998 Tartarus printing; plus two Appendices (The Hidden Mystery, and The Martyr). Introduction by Machen. A fine copy, as new in dust jacket. Item #313362
¶ The Tartarus Press edition of 1998 was the first publication of the complete edition with the addition of chapters 5 & 6 as well as a previously unpublished introduction by Machen. The 1998 Tartarus Press edition had a Frontispiece by David Johnson and a small vignette illustration on the dust jacket by Harry Clarke, this edition bears the stunning wrap-around covers by Edwin Austin Abbey. "The Secret Glory is, like Arthur Machen's other classic novel The Hill of Dreams, about a young man who experiences great wonders. Ambrose Meyrick is at first a pupil at a hateful English public school, then a young man at large in bohemian London. Throughout his adventures, Ambrose cherishes his childhood vision of the mystical cup of Teilo Sant. But the young man also displays a fine delight in the good things the world can offer, and a few weeks spent with school servant Nellie Foran in a London lodging house prove a turning point in his life. Ambrose, in retrospect, considers himself to have sinned, and he returns home to his native Wales. In writing of great beauty and power Machen describes how Ambrose rediscovers the magical Gwent countryside, and performs the marriage of the cup with Sylvia, his symbolic muse. The Secret Glory contains some of Arthur Machen's most ecstatic and lyrical prose.
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