Book Description

First edition. 8vo. Original (variant) blue cloth. Internally good, this copy without adverts; covers with edge wear, damage to head of spine, spine slightly dulled and scratched.
Dealer Notes
A key work in Hope Hodgson’s canon, here in a seemingly unknown variant binding (the normal is red cloth, with green also being recorded). The tale recounts a ship crew’s strange & terrifying experience as their reality comes into contact with an alternative, darker mirror world. Bleiler was a huge fan of Hope Hodgson, calling his novels “visionary accounts that have no real parallels in English literature”. Of this particular title he noted:

“One of the great sea novels. highly original in detail and well done. Although it is overshadowed as visionary horror by the more spectacular The House on the Borderland and The Night Land, as a work of art, it is finer.” (The Guide to Supernatural Fiction).

A revised version of the ending was anthologised, under the title “The Silent Ship”.
Author Hodgson (William Hope)
Date 1909
Publisher London, Stanley Paul
Illustrator Frontispiece by Sidney H. Sime.

Price: £1250.00

Offered by Lycanthia Books

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