FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [xii], [352, incl. 2 press notices]. Dark blue fine grained cloth, gilt lettering to spine and angel’s wings to upper board. Fore- and bottom edges untrimmed. Spine sunned, wear and nicking to spine ends, especially the heel. Corners bruised. Endpapers toned, foxing to edges, beginning and end, sometimes into margins. Else, clean and tidy. Very good.
Posthumously published for ‘Country Life’. Fiona Macleod’s Celtic romances snagged the attention of late Victorian readers, becoming central to the Celtic revival. Commenting on his first outing as Macleod, Sharp observed: ‘Pharais was the beginning of my own true work [...] It is a book out of my heart, out of the core of my heart. I wrote it with the pen dipped in the very ichor of my life.’ (Sharp to Catharine Janvier, 1894). Sharp went to great lengths to keep his pseudonym intact, even embroiling his sister, Mary Beatrice Sharp, in his cross-sex/gender masquerade by persuading her to pen letters as Macleod. Now held by The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, the letters reveal Macleod’s ‘sharp tongue which she exercised in correspondence when she thought her privacy or integrity endangered’ (William Sharp ‘Fiona Macleod’ Archive note, SAS).
Author MACLEOD, Fiona [i.e. SHARP, William]
Publisher London and New York: George Newnes and Charles Scribners’ Sons
Condition Very good