London: Elkin Mathews, 1905. First printing. Illustrations by S. H. Sime. Hardcover. Octavo. viii, 94 pages. Good. Bound in gray paper over boards with cloth spine. Upper board and spine titled in dark blue. Rubs, some soil, and extremity bumps to boards. Fore corners exposed. Spine is browned, a couple of short tears at top and bottom of upper joint.
Signed by Dunsany on the front free endpaper.
Lord Dunsany's first book. A collection of pioneering fantasy stories linked by an invented pantheon of deities who inhabit Pegāna. Critics view Dunsany's early work as the beginning of the fantasy genre.
Dunsany had to pay up front for the publication of this book, then earning a commission back as books sold. Such was its success, however, that he never had to publish on commission again.
Illustrated with full page plates by Sydney Sime, each with tissue guard intact. In addition there is a reprint of one of the plates pasted to front pastedown with a caption from another source laid down on front free endpaper.