THE VIKING'S SKULL. Illustrations by Cyrus Cuneo.
Price: $75.00 USD
Place Published: London
Publisher: Ward, Lock & Co. Limited.
Date Published: 1904.
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Condition: Very Good
Book Id: 1085
First edition. Octavo, original patterned blue cloth titled in gilt. Frontispiece with tissue guard plus 3 additional black & white plates inserted throughout the text, all by Cuneo. Bookplate on front endpaper and a date in ink, some small scratches to the cloth, minor stains to rear panel, a few small bumps. Overall, a clean, very good copy. The British edition is very uncommon.
¶ Weird mystery novel with supernatural elements. Idris Breakspear arrives at Ormsby-on-Sea, ancestral home of the Ravengars, in search of a clue to the fate of his father, who was accused of a murder he didn't commit, sprung from prison by his friend Noel Rochefort, and vanished at sea fifteen years previous. Idris' only lead is a coded runic message on a Viking ring, stolen from his mother on the day of his father's disappearance; a message that tells of a rich treasure in a Viking tomb at Ormsby. Idris discovers the tomb, but it holds only a skeleton, the skull of which bears a modern wound that sets Idris on the path of uncovering the dark secrets of his past and of the Ravengars of Ravenhall.