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Lord Dunsany; The Charwoman's Shadow, 1926 first edition.


Lord Dunsany (Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany, 1878-1957), was a pioneer of fantasy literature. He was an Anglo-Irish writer and dramatist and was a prolific author, producing over 90 books and hundreds of short stories. He was producing work in the fantasy genre before it even had a name, and his writing inspired authors such as JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. 2024 represents the centenary of his 1924 classic fantasy novel 'The King of Elfland's Daughter'. We hope the focus on that book will bring him to a wider modern audience.

Here, we offer The Charwoman's Shadow by Lord Dunsany.

Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, London & New York. First edition, March 1926. printed by Chiswick Press: Charles Whittingham and Griggs (Printers), Ltd, London.

A good blue cloth hardback with gilt titles. With light bumping and shelf wear and spine slightly darkened. Some offsetting to first and last free endpapers. previous owner's sticker to inside rear cover. Traces of previous owner's name removal to first free endpaper. No dustjacket.

Text is bright and clean with scattered spotting. Lower edge of text block is rough cut, as issued. Some light spotting to edge of text block.

A nice copy of an early fantasy novel beginning to garner more attention.

Text in English.

viii + 339pp.

Dimensions: approx 196mm high x 134mm wide x 30mm deep.

Weight: approximately 384g (unpacked).